When did iOS App review become so intrusive?

Hi dear reader!

Today I wanted to talk about something that has been bothering me lately, and that is the iOS App review process. For those of you who don’t know, this is the process Apple uses to check that the Apps you submit to the App store are secure enough for their ecosystem.


This on paper sounds great, it feels like an excellent way to ensure that apps are secure and developers go the extra mile to make sure privacy is maintained at all costs. Despite many arguments coming from Android convicts, I actually think this, although sometimes excessive, helps keep iOS safe.

However, lately reviewers have decided to change a bit their path and focus, THey are not looking for security as much, and are more focused on the fact that Apps create what they believe are “Great experiences”. For instance, lately at Wave we were forced to make sure the App allowed you to continue without having access to your contacts (which is as cumbersome as a chat app where you have no one to talk with).

But it gets worse, I am bulding a pet project based around a QR code reader using Swift 3 and Metal that will be the fastest QR scanner out there. And they have rejected it because they say that if the user has no QR codes, then the App is useless. This seems so absurd I am providing hard evidence below.

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Why someone would open a QR code scanner without a QR code is beyond me, but you have to play by their rules, so you get rejected and have to add extra functionalities.

What do you think about this? Do you find this appropiate? Or is Apple going too far? One thing is ensuring securirty and forcing updates in old apps, but questioning your App’s utiltiy is a bit of a stretch for me. Considering that this is just an opinion from a random reviewer. Furthermore, sometimes submitting the same app to get another reviewer, means you get accepted direclty.

What do you think? Drop me a line in the comments.

Thanks for reading!