So, you might notice that I’ve fallen behind in my posting schedule for this blog. My goal was to post a piece of news about why Apple is evil every day.
I’ve failed in that goal, so far – at this point, I should have 61 articles up, yet I only have 26.
So, how would you like me to proceed? There’s two options.
My first option is to stick with the date that I had originally planned to end this series, in September 2015. I’ll post articles as I get them, but I most likely won’t hit my target of one article per day, even averaged out – so there won’t be 1,984 days of bad PR, but the series will last 1,984 days still.
The other option is to only stop once I have 1,984 articles posted. My fear with that is, I’ll still be trying to update this thing 20 years from now, to catch up. Apple may be evil, but that doesn’t mean that they’re CONSTANTLY doing evil things – news of them doing something evil seems to come out in bursts.
There’s a poll in the sidebar on this topic, please vote.
Two graphic novels were rejected from the iPad due to sexual content, Ulysses “Seen” and a graphic novel version of The Importance of Being Earnest (Amazon link, no affiliate info).
One thing I’ll emphasize, first, is that Apple does have every right to control content that they distribute.
However, the content in both of these graphic novels wasn’t intended to be pornographic in nature.
The publishers were willing to work with Apple, to get their novels published. In the case of Ulysses “Seen”, some panels had to be completely redrawn – even pixelation or fig leaves weren’t sufficient. As for the The Importance of Being Earnest graphic novel, one entire page had major parts of the story blacked out, involving partial nudity (but no genitalia shown) of two male characters together.
Again, Apple has the right to control content they distribute.
However, a heterosexual sex scene was preserved in an approved comic, Kick-Ass. So that doesn’t fly. (The content in Ulysses “Seen” was completely non-sexual in nature, and less was shown in The Importance of Being Earnest.)
Apple did ultimately reverse their decision, and asked both publishers to resubmit their apps, but only after the uproar about their actions. (Yes, I’m slow to post this, sue me.)
Sources (possibly NSFW): Boing Boing, Gizmodo
It appears that Reddit has abandoned their iPhone app.
Apparently, when Reddit has released bugfixes for approval, an approver happened to stumble upon some user-submitted content that was bad, and rejected the app. Multiple times.
So, Reddit gave up on the iPhone app, is making a new web interface, and is open sourcing the app.
This is why the approval process needs some serious work, or better yet, a way to break out of the walled garden.
Source: App Rejections