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The outage that plagued the Apple Developer Center may be over, but apparently some developers are still feeling the aftershocks. In the latest report of troubles, ReadWrite announced (via MacRumors) that some developers were apparently experiencing delays in getting their apps reviewed so they could appear on the Apple Store, and Apple itself has allegedly notified them of the problem through a brief message.
Specifically, the message reads: "We are currently reviewing an app that you submitted for inclusion on the App Store, and want to let you know that the review process will require additional time. We apologize for the delay and will provide you with an update on the status of your app as soon as possible."
ReadWrite suggests that the delay may spring from the severe backlog that must have built up while many on the team at Apple had their attention diverted to dealing with the restructuring of the Developer Site for increased safety. Existing apps could issue updates during the outage, it seems, but developers working on new apps couldn't submit them.
In one case, relayed by MacRumors, a developer received the message above "after waiting six days for a review and after waiting another five days," although writer Juli Clover points out that it's unknown as to whether the delay might be directly related to his app. Indeed, according to commenters on the MacRumors article who claim access to the Dev Center, this is simply the same letter that gets sent out when there's an issue with the app, outage or no. Reportedly, it signals an upcoming rejection. (Sorry, dev guy.)
Still, there may be some sign that the review team's at least feeling rushed as a result of the backlog, as evidenced by yesterday's appearance of a Nintendo emulator on the App Store hidden in a simple novelty app. Apple allegedly has ways to determine if apps allow for this in its review process, and the fact that it slipped through may indicate that the team's trying to get through as many apps as possible.
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