App Store Blacklisting Now Comes With Gag Order

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Yesterday we reported that the iPhone app MailWrangler had been rejected because it "duplicates the functionality of the built-in iPhone application Mail." What we didn't find out about until today is that Apple's notice to the developer came with a request to keep the rejection on the down low. According to MacRumors, notes from Apple are now closing with the unambiguous message:

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MESSAGE IS UNDER NON-DISCLOSURE

MacRumors does suggest that this may well be a reminder of the original NDA process. If this is the case, though, developers shouldn't be signing the damn thing: Any agreement that holds a developer to silence even after a project is passed on is overly persecutory. (And yes, that is a word.) [MacRumors]

DISCUSSION

I have dropped all plans for iPhone development. The app store was a great way to provide a market for everyone to develop, but now it's only clearly for those who have enough resources to risk an expensive development effort that can be shelved at the discretion of Apple without cause.