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App Store Developers See Long-Stalled Submissions Approved in Wake of Guideline Changes
Bryan Bartow's MePing application
The Los Angeles Times reports on some of the developers who have been pleased to see their long-stalled app submissions suddenly come back to life with Apple's new, more developer-friendly philosophy.
Bryan Bartow, a software developer in Austin, Texas, invented an iPhone application he called MePing and submitted to Apple Inc. in March.
Six months later, it was still in limbo, neither approved nor rejected.
"It just waited in review forever," Bartow said. "I just assumed it wasn't going to be approved, and moved on."
Then, last week, Bartow got a surprise e-mail from Apple. MePing had been approved.
"It magically came through," he said.
Soon after Apple's announcements, we reported on Sean Kovacs, whose GV Mobile application offering an interface to Google Voice had been pulled from the App Store in summer 2009 for "duplicating features that come with the iPhone". Under the newly-public App Store review guidelines, Kovacs noted that he felt that his application complied with all rules and had received word from Apple that his application would likely be approved if he resubmitted.
Screenshots of GV Mobile+, currently under review by Apple
Kovacs did just that, and his new GV Mobile+ application is now awaiting approval from Apple. We've taken a look at the newly-revamped application now in Apple's hands, and it seems to offer a highly-polished interface for Google Voice users.