Original document So, after looking over the document apple released today, I found that these new guidelines aren't going to be as great as we might of thought. Original frontpage article. I was going to post this in the discussion thread, but I thought that this kind of thing could use a bit more exposure, considering how much it affects the app store. Plus, there's way more than I noticed on my first glance. "If it sounds like we're control freaks, well, maybe it's because we're so committed to our users and making sure they have a quality experience with our products." More like try and control every little aspect of how I use something that I bought with my money. These "guidelines" are 7 solid pages of "if you _____ your app will be rejected". 3.5 "small and large app icons should be similar, so as to not cause confusion" Right, I'm gonna really start to lose it if my icons are different sizes. 3.6 "apps that do not adhere to the 4+ age rating will be rejected" This is borderline total censorship. PG rated television hints sexual acts all the time. But hey, as long as that four year old doesn't see a picture of a gun, it'll all be worth it right? 4.3 "apps that use location-based apis for dispatch, fleet management, or emergency services will be rejected" Great, so when my car blows up, I'll wander around for a little while to find the firemen or the policemen after I've been robbed. Of course, most people carry a cellphone, but a lot of times I don't. Thanks, once again, for looking out for me apple. Although I doubt I'd ever keep something like that on my ipod, if someone needs to find emergency services and this map thing was their last resort, it sure is a good idea to cut it out, right? 8.4 "apps that misspell apple product names will be rejected" Whew, dodged a bullet on that one. I might get confused as to what I am using. 9.1 "apps that do not use the mediaplayer framework to access media in the music library will be rejected" WHY? If a developer takes the time to make an app that can play my favorite tunes in the app while I do whatever it is they made, why should I have to go through the mess of using multitasking and backgrounding it, thus burning my ram in the process? Furthermore, older devices that don't have native multitasking (say mary loo who hasn't jailbroken her ipod or knows that native multitasking sucks) are being limited from a cool feature. Just because apple wants to...? I can't even finish that sentence. 10.2 "apps that look similar to apps bundled on the iphone will be rejected" Wow! Thanks Apple! I have a windows live e-mail. Guess what doesn't support it? The default mail application. Guess what does? An app on the app store. Thanks for looking out for me and everything. I'll have such an easier mind knowing that I'm not using a mimic to your precious software. You know what really sucks though? I paid for that live mail app. Please Register or Log in to view images 10.4 "apps that create alternate desktop / home screen environments or simulate multi-app widget experiences will be rejected" So now you're cramping the style of those who haven't jailbroken their iDevices. Good thing the default theme is so breathtaking and magical 10.6 "Apple sets a high bar. If your user interface is complex or less than very good it may be rejected" Wtf? Less than very good? 12.1 "applications that scrape any information from apple sites (for example apple.com, itunes store, app store, itunes connect, apple developer programs, etc) or create rankings using content from apple sites and services will be rejected" Yeah, like nobody's ever googled "top iphone apps" before. What gives? Sure, it's somewhat useless because that info is already on the web, but if I read this right, I'm not allowed to make an app that says "angry birds is fun, don't spend money on soundboards". So that means only through the "official source" are people supposed to find recommendations on what to download. Sure, there's ratings or comments, but a 3rd party app that recommends, er, apps would be a neat little thing to have. Also, does this mean they'll be shutting down things like FreeAppADay or Pandabox because they list things that are in the app store? Way to drop the bomb apple. One of the big things people do is try and find cool iphone apps. 15.3 ""enemies" within the context of a game cannot solely target a specific race, culture, a real government or corporation, or any other entity" I think this is more no "kill the terrorists" apps (i'm not sure if any even exist), but i'm sure it won't be long before people call up with messages like this 15.4 "apps involving realistic depictions of weapons in such a way as to encourage illegal or reckless use will be rejected" So, no more gun apps? Not that I ever really liked them, but still. ---- While this approval process may weed out the stupid useless apps, and the malicious ones (what, like all 2 of them?), it seems to me that apple's taking one step forward and two steps back.