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iPhone App developers: Do not use glossy chat bubbles in your App Storeapps!

Written By Unknown on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 | 1:59 PM

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Here is another crazy App Store story. If you're an iPhone App developer, do not use the same glossy buttons in the SMS app in any of your iPhone iPhone App Developers - Chat Bubblesapplications. Apparently this is trademarked by Apple, and they don't want you to use it in any of your applications. Joe Stump found this out the hard way.

Joe Stump, a former architect of Digg made an application called Chess Wars. Chess Wars is an application that allows you to play Chess on your iPhone with your Facebook friends using Facebook connect. After submitting his application and having it approved by Apple, Joe realized that his application had a bug in it. He fixed the bug he found and resubmitted it, and Apple approved the update. After submitting this update Joe realized that there was another bug for new users so he submitted another update for the Chess Wars app. Unfortunately this time Apple did not approve his application. Due to the iPhone OS 3.0 update, his Application did not work for users and Apple did not approve the updated working version of his application so he got negative reviews. Unfortunately these negative reviews will stick there and may affect future sales of his application.

It's been more than 6 weeks and Apple has still not approved Joe's application. A few days ago, Joe Stump decided to make a blog post about it which got posted on TechCrunch. The post on TechCrunch got a lot of attention and I believe that caused Apple to contact Joe recently.

An Apple representative contacted Joe yesterday morning and told him that his chat interface looks similar to the one in the iPhone SMS client. You can argue that there are other applications like Tweetie that have a similar interface, but Tweetie also has an icon next to the speech bubbles and it's less shiny. Apple suggested to Joe that he make his chat bubbles more square and "less shiny".

I think this is a ridiculous reason for Apple to reject an update for an application. I hope that Apple takes steps to improve their App Store review process. Right now not too many developers are happy with it!

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Vitaliy
September 1, 2009 at 9:12 PM

That is plain fail. That is why I should be a Zune HD developer.

September 2, 2009 at 2:53 AM

Zune HD is fail. This is why you should develop for palm pre, D'uh.

Motoxrider365
September 2, 2009 at 4:40 AM

Palm pre is fail too genious but I guess you don't have the capacity to understand that....

Nymphilis
September 2, 2009 at 5:31 AM

Lol I love how if one thing comes up, ppl tend to run away from the hard projects and go to the easier ones, who gives a crap if apple has the chat bubble "copywrite"....that's their right, just means you have to be more original with your apps, come on

Motoxrider365
September 2, 2009 at 5:47 AM

Thank you! So true!

September 2, 2009 at 11:45 AM

those both fail. thats why u get a iphone 3GS

maan_27
September 3, 2009 at 4:57 AM

How about blackberry?
Lol =D

Blazer
September 3, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Why not the N97?

Anonymous
January 4, 2010 at 1:29 PM

hell with all that, go develop for Android.

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