Remember that guy who made the DuckPhone iPhone app? And how his app was rejected due to “Minimum User Functionality?” Well, Apple just approved his app after he added some news streams and a twitter feed from the stars if Jersey Shore. It just goes to show that one man's dumb garbage app is another man's acceptable piece of useful software.
Justice, friends, has been served.
I'm happy to report that after some slight additions to the application, and a re-submit, it is now live in the iTunes App Store in all its' quackarific glory. I don't know if I'd consider it a victory against Apple, but I suppose it is a lesson to developers that persistence is the only option if you want to survive in the app store.
I think the App Store fiasco, if it can even be called that, puts a human face on Apple. It shows that it is not a Borg-like hivemind full of men and women in dark, lint-free turtlenecks (but by God if that isn't a great image) where judgement is passed using a rational flowchart based on app success and failure rates. Instead it is a place where flesh-and-blood, average Joes and Janes are given leave to pass judgement on the work of others and, depending on their sugar intake, sexual activity, and general mood, arbitrarily dismiss or accept that work on a whim.
I'm not sure which vision Apple prefers.
Image from Mercy for Animals