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Apple approves QuickPWN web app, and then removes!

Written By Unknown on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | 5:37 PM


I recently signed up as an iPhone Developer using QuickPWN as my company name. I intend to develop apps  for the App Store and submit them under this name. Before submitting any actual application to the App Store I wanted to do an experiment and submit a simple web app to Apple's Web Apps section to see whether or not Apple would approve it. I downloaded WPTouch, an awesome Wordpress plugin that automatically converts this site into a mobile version when visited on the iPhone. Visit this site on your iPhone or iPod Touch to see a demo. I submitted this as a web application  to Apple yesterday and it was approved and listed on their website today. About an hour before this post Apple removed the app from their website. I wasn't surprised at the quick removal because the app was listed on Tech Crunch, Gizmodo, and 9 to 5 Mac. Now I understand that Apple is against jailbreaking, but I do not see anything wrong with my web app. The only thing I see wrong with it is that it has the name of a popular jailbreaking tool. Why did Apple remove it? The obvious reason would be because of the name, but it could also be because I submitted it under the "Games" category. This type of app would be better for the "News" category so I will be resubmitting it again and putting it in the correct category this time. I will also be submitting an app to the App Store around June under the company name of QuickPWN, and I really hope Apple will not reject it just because my company name is the name of a popular jailbreaking software. I am not associated with the iPhone Dev Team, and I do not develop jailbreaks. If anyone missed it, below is a screenshot of the web app on Apple.com, before it was removed.

[caption id="attachment_185" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="QuickPWN on Apple.com, screenshot courtesy of Gizmodo"]quickpwn[/caption]


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May 5, 2009 at 8:42 PM

....I fail to see how you can be surprised they removed it. given that your site predominantly hosts jailbreaking tools.

May 6, 2009 at 1:07 AM

Oh please, are you so obtuse and did not see this as a conflict? "Just because I named my company "I hate X" doesn't mean I really hate "X" or am associated with them...". You either (1) wanted to cause controversy or (2) are too "unaware" (cough cough) naming your dev co. this was a bonehead move - plain and simple. Just pick another name and move on. We could use more respectable and smarter developers than people wanting 15 minutes of cheap publicity linking themselves "coincidentally" to a well known controversial topic.

May 6, 2009 at 1:32 AM

Yea that was quick! I got it from there when u tweet it yesterday. LOL

May 6, 2009 at 1:38 AM

nice job :-)
I saw the link to your app in washington post

May 6, 2009 at 7:59 AM

I always visited this site but when i saw it under the monile i quickly went to see the site yesterday.

May 6, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Someone will be fired at Apple for this :p

May 6, 2009 at 1:51 PM

you are providing jailbreak tutorials and files for jailbreaking!

the simple name quickpwn isnt the reason. cmon stop crying...

May 6, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Maybe you should not have tweeted that it is on their. And did you really think that it was really going to last.

I did not think so.

May 6, 2009 at 2:42 PM

What happens if you downloaded the app and they deleted from app store?

Do you keep it?

Does it delete?

May 6, 2009 at 3:05 PM

I'm not really surprised, I was just being sarcastic in my twitter feed.

May 7, 2009 at 12:27 AM

Yeah, there would be fired someone for that...

May 7, 2009 at 1:05 AM

dude i also took a screen shot and put it on my website. here is the direct link to the screen shot http://klxsitouchhelp.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/picture-3-2.png

and for my short article
there you go me and my friends were lauphing when we saw this. the firts article up there was "how to jailbreak iphone beta 4" mabea thats why apple took it off hmmmm.

May 7, 2009 at 7:13 AM

that was a good idea to use the name in order to push sales for the future. Oh well I guess just so happens I got the download wanted to check it out LOL.

May 7, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Getting a yes and then a no.. I have better... I have waited err 4 ish months ish for Apple to say yes or no to my webapp which changes the APN on the iPhone via a webapp..

It even uses a method supported/supplied via Apple in their documentation but they still won't say yes.. (or even no).. no response at all...

I am pretty sure this is not common for them to "ignore" webapp submissions...

May 20, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Aproved then unaprooved?!?! What did u do

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