Jason Snell reporting on PCalc’s after-the-fact rejection for the audacity of making a very nice Notification Center widget, in the fully supported way, that includes a little calculator:
This is an app that was accepted into the App Store, and is even being featured in the App Store as I write this. And now, a few weeks in, someone at Apple has decided that the app is too… what? Too useful?
Like the after-the-fact rejection of Launcher last month, this feels like the worst era of app review returning with a vengeance.
When decisions like this start happening, Apple needs to reevaluate the purpose of app review: to protect itself, its platform, and its customers from spam, fraud, abuse, and malware (and ensuring Apple gets its cut, which is reasonable).
By limiting the usefulness of Notification Center widgets, what is Apple protecting itself or its customers from?
Update: Apple reversed this decision.