Monday, January 19, 2009

Profesyo iPhone App is now available in iTunes Store

Finally!!! After much ado, Profesyo iPhone application is in iTunes Store!
The approval process took a bit longer than anticipated as I mentioned
here. But overall it was an instructive process.

The app is available here:

Sunday, January 18, 2009

QCall - My First iPhone Application in iTunes Store

While waiting for my iPhone app to be approved by Apple, I wrote a simple utility app called QCall ('Quick Call') and it's been released at iTunes store.

QCall simply presents a 4x5 grid of squares to each of which you can assign a contact phone number for quick dialing and sms sending.

It's a free application. You can download it at :

Friday, January 16, 2009

Apple says one of Adobe Photoshop's custom shapes is an Apple trademark image

I recently started writing iPhone applications. I really enjoy it too. The SDK is brilliant. The documentation is almost perfect. Samples are abundant.

For initiation, I decided to write an iPhone app for our which is a professional network site in Turkey. The functionality would be to display the financial market status, your contacts as well as to send people connection requests and process the connection requests you received.

I wrote the app, signed the code and submitted to Apple through iTunesConnect on December 29th, 2008.

Around a week passed, a message from Apple saying that they can't deploy my app as it was violating one of iPhone UI guidelines related to table views. Fair enough. I made the proper change and resubmitted.

Yet another week passed, and another message. This time telling me that I have to notify the user if there is no network connection as my app relies on one being present. I was displaying blank values in that case. That's fair too. Once again I made the change and resubmitted sure this time that I've done everything right.

And another week passed, and you guessed it right, another message. This one is interesting. Here's the complete text of the message:

Dear Cagan,

Thank you for submitting to the App Store. We've reviewed and determined that we cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store because of an Apple trademark image. We want to remind you of the importance of following Apple's posted Guidelines for Using Apple's Trademarks and Copyrights: . Please see the enclosed screenshot

If you believe that you can make the necessary changes so that does not infringe on Apple trademarks, we encourage you to do so and resubmit it for review.


Apple Logo and Apple-owned Graphic Symbols:

You may not use the Apple Logo or any other Apple-owned graphic symbol, logo, or icon on or in connection with web sites, products, packaging, manuals, promotional/advertising materials, or for any other purpose except pursuant to an express written trademark license from Apple, such as a reseller agreement.



iPhone Developer Program

Hmmm...Cagan is getting upset!!!

So I got very curious as I don't remember using any one of Apple's images. I quickly opened the attached screenshot:

Well waaaaiittt a second there tiger!!!!

First a trademark on a wireframe earth image?

Second, I was pretty sure I found that somewhere in Photoshop. I fired up Photoshop (CS3 for detailed oriented readers) and sure enough it's there:

Not only has it been 3 weeks since I submitted my app; I now have to battle with Apple over this? I'll resubmit with another image of course. But I'm pretty annoyed.

Anyways, that's the story..I just wanted to share it.