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Gruber Weighs In on New App Store Review Guidelines

John Gruber of Daring Fireball has posted some of the finer details from today’s updated App Store License Agreement and New Review Guidelines.

Right off the bat, Gruber mentions that the PDF documents are only available to registered developers, which, when you’re talking about Apple, is kin to poking a bear in the face with a stick. They are a company that takes their confidentiality seriously. In his commentary of the documents, Gruber breaks down the License Agreement and puts it into terms that we common folk can understand. This is great news for humble iOS app end-users that want to understand how the apps they know and love were developed and eventually accepted into the iTunes App Store.

Amidst the quagmire of legal jargon and tech-talk that Gruber wades through is Apple’s revised App Store Review Guidelines. The company writes, “We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don’t need any more Fart apps.” Yes! Gruber also points out that in one section of the Agreement, Apple has spelled out the penalities developers could face for trying to put one over on the purchasing public:

“Developers who attempt to manipulate or cheat the user reviews or chart ranking in the App Store with fake or paid reviews, or any other inappropriate methods will be removed from the iOS Developer Program […]”

In addition, and this one is very important, Apple states in no uncertain terms that “any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected.” This, we’re sure you’ll agree, is great news.

If you’ve got the time today, Daring Fireball’s insight into Apple’s inner workings, as per usual, is worth taking the time to read over. We suggest you do so quickly, however.