Apple Bans Novelty Bank-Note App

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A novelty, essentially harmless, iPhone and iPod app has been rejected from the Apple store, once again highlighting the Apple's mixed messages to would-be developers.

Bailout Bucks is a simple novelty app that lets you put your picture as the face of fake dollars bills, in large denominations, so not appear that you might be attempting a forgery.

You then send the hopefully amusing 100 million to 500 trillion dollar bills to friends and family.

The work of The Codist, a computer programmer and iPhone app developer, Apple has rejected Bailout Bucks based on the view it "ridicules public figures" or could do if it every saw the light of day.

Writing on his Web site The Codist reveals he sent a few sample dollars to Apple for approval including images of former US Presidents and a few other officials, all public domain. "Since money usually comes with a President or famous person on it, it seemed a no-brainer. The main point was to put you or a friend's picture on it and send it to them for a chuckle."

"Apparently someone in Apple's reviewing group didn't find it funny. I guess after all the near-soft-porn, bathroom humour, weapons fire and mob violence app, money was a non-starter."

Apple's standards, suggests The Codist, change from day to day, while Apple's advice, or lack of it, on resubmitting the app didn't offer confidence for a successful future and debut on the Apple store.

"No hint was given what exactly I can do to warrant approval, just the canned "ridicules public figures" and chapter and verse of "Section 3.3.12". Helpfully it did mention that I could resubmit it without violations. Of course it didn't helpfully mention what exactly I could do."

The Codist goes on to question how the approval process works, is rejection down to one individuals understanding of Apple's terms and conditions, does personal taste ultimately decide what is in or out, and what supervisory level, if any, checks the process is fair and consistent.

"I never expected this rejection reason, the app seems very mild and inoffensive."

This story, "Apple Bans Novelty Bank-Note App" was originally published by Macworld U.K..

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