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App Rejected

Hello,

My app "Quote Paper" got rejected last week! Here is the reason......


2.12: Apps that are not very useful, are simply web sites bundled as apps, or do not provide any lasting entertainment value may be rejected

"We found that your app only provides a very limited set of features. It only displays images. While we value simplicity, we consider simplicity to be uncomplicated - not limited in features and functionality.

It would be appropriate to implement a saving features instead of requiring the user to take a screenshot. It would also be beneficial to display a UI controls page. Without this the user can be confused on the apps controls.

We understand that there are no hard and fast rules to define useful or entertaining, but Apple and Apple customers expect apps to provide a really great user experience. Apps should provide valuable utility or entertainment, draw people in by offering compelling capabilities or content, or enable people to do something they couldn't do before or in a way they couldn't do it before.

We encourage you to review your app concept and evaluate whether you can incorporate additional content and features to be in compliance with the Guidelines. For information on the basics of creating great apps, watch the video The Ingredients of Great Apps.If you feel we didn't understand the features of your app, or that we missed key functionality, and your app was incorrectly rejected, you may appeal to the App Review Board."

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If anyone has any idea of features or things that I should add to it to make it have more to do.

This app is just a simple display of hi-res hand made wallpaper.

Thanks
Conner

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  • Zenith_GameworksZenith_Gameworks Posts: 310Member

    Hello,

    My app "Quote Paper" got rejected last week! Here is the reason......


    2.12: Apps that are not very useful, are simply web sites bundled as apps, or do not provide any lasting entertainment value may be rejected

    "We found that your app only provides a very limited set of features. It only displays images. While we value simplicity, we consider simplicity to be uncomplicated - not limited in features and functionality.

    It would be appropriate to implement a saving features instead of requiring the user to take a screenshot. It would also be beneficial to display a UI controls page. Without this the user can be confused on the apps controls.

    We understand that there are no hard and fast rules to define useful or entertaining, but Apple and Apple customers expect apps to provide a really great user experience. Apps should provide valuable utility or entertainment, draw people in by offering compelling capabilities or content, or enable people to do something they couldn't do before or in a way they couldn't do it before.

    We encourage you to review your app concept and evaluate whether you can incorporate additional content and features to be in compliance with the Guidelines. For information on the basics of creating great apps, watch the video The Ingredients of Great Apps.If you feel we didn't understand the features of your app, or that we missed key functionality, and your app was incorrectly rejected, you may appeal to the App Review Board."

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    If anyone has any idea of features or things that I should add to it to make it have more to do.

    This app is just a simple display of hi-res hand made wallpaper.

    Thanks
    Conner

    I can't exactly give you advice on what to add to bolster your chances of getting the app accepted.However, I can tell you that there is a myriad of "background" apps already on the app store that are likely more sophisticated and popular then Apple perceives your app is, and will be. I can sort of understand Apple's premise, as it doesn't want certain categories to be too saturated with apps trying to offer services that others strive to deliver as well. I guess what Apple is saying in a nutshell is that your app does not offer anything unique or anything advantageous over other background apps of the sort.

  • BIG_THINKIN_APPSBIG_THINKIN_APPS Posts: 944Member
    Yeah I know what you mean!

    It is just that the app took a very long time to make and one main reason is because I made the wallpapers by hand.

    Thanks Again
    Conner
  • 3itg3itg Posts: 382Member, PRO
    It sounds to me that they are taking issue with the functionality.
    I imagine if within the app, you had the ability to use iOS conventions like a long-press on the image to open a context menu that allowed the user to save the image instead of requiring a screen shot, they would not take issue.
    Apple has been known to require one way of doing certain things.
    It sounds like you stumbled on one of those cases.
  • tatiangtatiang Posts: 11,868Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Senior Sous-Chef
    Of course, you can't save the picture with GameSalad so that's not a possibility.

    Maybe you could (a) remove the instructions about taking a screenshot and (b) have a button that allows the user to "save" their favorite image. Then you could have a separate scene with one or more saved images. Sort of a "favorites" page. And if you add music (don't know if you already have music) it might help Apple feel it was more than just a slideshow.

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  • lycettebroslycettebros Posts: 1,598Member, PRO
    My advice is to ditch the idea. The functionality is not there to make it work - too much compromise.

    I have learned to make smaller versions of an idea and see if Apple approves them so that I avoid wasting large amounts of time on a risky play. Some genres are more risky than others. Do your research, analyse success and avoid risky concepts.

    Build on your experience to make smarter choices about what apps to build and what not to build.

    Everyone has different interpretations of what is an acceptable feature set for an app. But there is one interpretation that matters and that is Apple's.
  • lycettebroslycettebros Posts: 1,598Member, PRO
    That being said there is nothing wrong with a risk if the idea is an innovative/new/exciting one. But 'wallpapers' won't cut it.
  • PBEmpirePBEmpire Posts: 676Member
    Well said. It was pretty bold of you to do a wallpaper app with gamesalad. I made a hearing test app with gamesalad but got rejected for the same reason, with additional reasons. Apple can be stingy when it comes to such apps
  • BIG_THINKIN_APPSBIG_THINKIN_APPS Posts: 944Member
    Thanks guys,

    I am just going to ditch this idea and have a website with these wallpapers.

    I will keep you updated with this website!

    Thanks
    Conner
  • BIG_THINKIN_APPSBIG_THINKIN_APPS Posts: 944Member
    I just finished the website here it is http://www.quotepaper.com

    Tell me what you think of it! (:
  • SolarPepperStudiosSolarPepperStudios Posts: 754Member
    @BIG_THINKIN_APPS Good job!
  • BIG_THINKIN_APPSBIG_THINKIN_APPS Posts: 944Member
    thanks
  • SnapFireStudiosSnapFireStudios Posts: 1,603Member
    @Big_THINKIN_APPS - Cool! ;)
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  • BIG_THINKIN_APPSBIG_THINKIN_APPS Posts: 944Member
    Thanks!

    also don't forget to summit a quote if you know any!
    http://www.quotepaper.com/more.html
  • tatiangtatiang Posts: 11,868Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Senior Sous-Chef
    Conner, the quote site looks great. And I'm impressed with all of the projects you're working on (http://www.connersprojects.com).

    Just a suggestion as far as grammar goes... change this:
    Do you know of encouraging quote well summit and I may make it in to a Wallpaper!
    To this:
    Do you know of an encouraging quote? Well, submit it and I may make it into a wallpaper!
    You might also want to have a field for the quote source in case people know it.

    Tatian

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  • BIG_THINKIN_APPSBIG_THINKIN_APPS Posts: 944Member
    edited April 2013
    Thanks!

    I updated the site and added your idea's.
  • SnapFireStudiosSnapFireStudios Posts: 1,603Member
    @BIG_THINKIN_APPS - Looking through all of your websites; they're really well made!
    I especially like the iPics website, you've got some cool ones. :)
    - Thomas

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  • BIG_THINKIN_APPSBIG_THINKIN_APPS Posts: 944Member

    @BIG_THINKIN_APPS - Looking through all of your websites; they're really well made!
    I especially like the iPics website, you've got some cool ones. :)
    - Thomas

    Thanks I trie to make them well.
  • BIG_THINKIN_APPSBIG_THINKIN_APPS Posts: 944Member
    Hey SnapFireStudios I updated the site with new pictures and I changed the website domain name http://www.theipics.com
  • Braydon_SFXBraydon_SFX Posts: 8,972Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Bowlboy Sidekick GameSalad Employee
    Wow, if you took all of those pictures you've got some serious tallent. At such a young age, too! Very nicely done!
  • PauliepPauliep Posts: 5Member
    The websites are brilliant! If you don't mind me asking, Do you code them or use a program? & How do you host your websites and get your domain names?
  • BIG_THINKIN_APPSBIG_THINKIN_APPS Posts: 944Member
    Pauliep said:

    The websites are brilliant! If you don't mind me asking, Do you code them or use a program? & How do you host your websites and get your domain names?

    I sent you an email. (:

  • BIG_THINKIN_APPSBIG_THINKIN_APPS Posts: 944Member

    Wow, if you took all of those pictures you've got some serious tallent. At such a young age, too! Very nicely done!

    Thanks for the kinds words! I just entered a iPhotography contest I will keep you up to date.

    Conner
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