iPhone app developers must now pass a new automated layer of the approval process, it has been revealed, in a development likely to fuel further controversy over Apple’s policy.
Currently, third-party App Store developers are allowed to access a development kit dubbed an API (application programming interface) for use in their software.
However, according to Gizmodo, there is also another set of APIs that the iPhone uses which are reserved exclusively for use in apps created by Apple.
In order to prevent unauthorised use of these, Apple has now introduced an automated filter which detects their presence in software.
It is not known if the new layer of the approval process has thus far resulted in apps being rejected. Even so, the news is sure to stoke further criticism of Apple’s approval policy, which has been almost constantly mired in criticism for what is perceived by many as a high-handed, overly censorious approach.
Last week, fresh controversy surfaced over the decision to reject satirical app Bobble Rep 111th Congress Edition on the grounds that the app’s comical depictions of political figures are defamatory and contravene section 3.3.14 of the developer license agreement issued by Apple.