Now just to clarify right of the bat – there is absolutely no confirmation about this story other than some unnamed Apple App Store employee, and we all know how trust worthy they are.
According to Jason Kincaid over at TechCrunch Apple developers may be heading into a(nother) big blow up with Apple. It appears that Apple is now turning down apps based on the style of chat bubbles being used in applications for the iPhone.
Ya, you read that right. From what Joe Stump, developer of Chess Wars for the iPhone, his game app got turned down because the chat bubbles in the game are too similar to the ones used in Apple’s own apps for the iPhone. This information came to Stump straight from an App Store representative when they informed him of the game’s rejection.
Upon hearing this, Stump says he specifically asked the Apple representative to confirm that these bubbles were in fact trademarked, to which the representative responded, “Yes”. The representative said Stump needed to make the bubbles “less shiny” and also helpfully suggested that he make the bubbles square, just to be sure.
At what point does this stupidity stop?
Seriously. Trade marking shiny bubbly buttons.
How frikken stupid is that?
And they call Microsoft draconian and evil. Microsoft has nothing on Apple. This is pure and unadulterated bullshit and I truly hope that this is just a case of a dumb-ass App Store representative just following orders like a good little Apple soldier.
Stupid Apple, very stupid.
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