Wired reports that Apple has recently rolled out a new feature for iPhone developers, offering a history of status updates for each application submitted for inclusion in the company's App Store.
In Apple's Dev Center website, iPhone app developers can view Apple's progress on reviewing their apps from start to finish. When an app is in line to be reviewed, the status will read "Waiting for Review." And when it's actually being reviewed, the status reads "In Review." Finally, when the app is launched, the status will read "Ready for Sale." Each status update is accompanied with a time and date.
While the new system provides only limited updates and does not appear to offer any specific information regarding unusual delays in the review process for a given application, it is regarded as a significant improvement over the previous system in which developers were provided with only generalized wait times for all submissions and generally received no specific updates regarding their applications until review decisions had been made.