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Everyone should have heard about the whole Google Voice fiasco between Apple, AT&T, and Google from the past week, which puts Apple in a bad light, seeing as they allow so many fart applications and other useless apps, but go on and completely ban something useful like Google Voice. But now Apple has done yet another move that brings even more attention to the company - by removing over 900 apps from one developer and banning the developer from the App Store. The developer in question is Khalid Shaikh, founder of Perfect Acumen.
In less than 9 months, Shaikh and his team of 26 employees (most of which are located in Pakistan) have published 943 applications in the App Store (exact numbers thanks to TapMetric). This equals out to 5 apps a day for 250 days. These have all gone through the approval process, which sometimes takes up to six weeks for one app. Despite the prolific amount of apps that do nothing more than pull content from the Internet on specific topics and packages it into an iPhone friendly interface, it seems plenty of people have been buying the apps.
The guys over at MobileCrunch have tried to get Shaikh to reveal the company's revenue, but was refused official numbers. But from a comment, they can say that Perfect Acumen was making a few thousand dollars a day in sales. That is, until July 24, when Apple decided to not even give any advance warning and just revoked Shaikh's developer license and asked that he remove every single app from the store.
Apple claims that it has asked Khalid about more than 100 of his applications and that it “continue[s] to receive the same or similar types of complaints regarding [his] Applications despite [Apple's] repeated notices to [Khalid Shaikh].” Clearly, Apple does not want to (nor should it have to) expend its resources trying to determine the legality of all of the applications on the store. Still, the fact that Apple continues to play mediator and reject applications on the basis of violating copyright infringement is a signal to developers that it is going to play watchdog on their apps. So even if there is nothing wrong with Apple discontinuing Khalid Shaikh’s developers license, this further highlights the inconsistencies of Apple’s review process. - MobileCrunch
Though these apps may not be completely useless but not adding any value to the ever-growing App Store, it is just another case in Apple's inconsistent approval process. They approved 943 of these apps, but based on continuing complaints from customers even after they sent notices to Shaikh about copyright infringement, they revoke his developer license completely and want all the apps removed? Shouldn't Apple have looked carefully at these apps before approving them? To see that they are merely just pulling copyrighted material and other intellectual property, of which Shaikh has no rights to publish and claim as his own?
From a phone call with MobileCrunch, Shaikh even admits that he does not care for creating quality apps for the App Store. All he wanted was "less product value" and "more monetization." The apps that he offered consisted of apps like "US Army News" and "Skin Care Update," which were sold at $4.99 and just pulled articles from various news sources on the Internet, and some apps like "Top Sexy Ladies: Audrina Patridge" which probably just had about five photographs and was $4.99.
When will Apple wake up and realize how inconsistent they are with the App Store and how can developers really develop for it if they do not know exactly what requirements are needed to get an OK from Apple? But even then, Apple can swiftly change their mind and pull all the apps, just like with GV Mobile and VoiceCentral, and now all 943 apps from Khalid Shaikh of Perfect Acumen.
What do you think of those developers that spam the App Store? (Brighthouse Labs is another one of those spammy developers) What about the sketchy business some developers are doing with the "less product quality and more monetization" thing? What do you think of Apple's inconsistent review policies? Let us know what you think in the comments!