Earlier today Apple was suppose to state the reasons of the rejection of Google Voice App to the US Federal Communications Commission. Apple just published their response to the Federal Communications Commission on the news section at apple.com.
They started off by giving information about the apple store and the iPhone. They stated that the apple store offers over 65,000 applications and customers have downloaded over 1.5 million applications since the apple store open more than a year ago. Apple also includes that "apple has also fostered competition as other companies (e.g., Nokia, Microsoft, RIM, Palm and Verizon) seek to develop their own mobile platforms and launch their own application stores". They also talk about the reviewing process where apple reviews every application submitted to the apple store in order to "protect consumer privacy, safeguard children from inappropriate content, and avoid applications that degrade the core experience of the iPhone". According to apple 95% of the applications submitted are approved withing 14 days of their submission.
Apple has answer six questions in hope to clear out all misunderstandings.
To answer the question why the Google voice application was rejected to the apple store this is what apple said about it:
"Apple has not rejected the Google Voice application, and continues to study it. The application has not been approved because, as submitted for review, it appears to alter the iPhone’s distinctive user experience by replacing the iPhone’s core mobile telephone functionality and Apple user interface with its own user interface for telephone calls, text messaging and voicemail"
To answer the question of whether or not AT&T had anything to do with the rejection of Google Voice app this is what apple said:
"Apple is acting alone and has not consulted with AT&T about whether or not to approve the Google Voice application. No contractual conditions or non-contractual understandings with AT&T have been a factor in Apple’s decision-making process in this matter".
AT&T as nothing to do with apple approving or rejecting applications, apple is the one that gives the final decision.
Apple gave some interesting response to question 6 about the review and approval process. According to apple they have more then 40-full time trained reviewers, at least two different reviewers study the application so the approval can be evenly. More than 65,000 applications and only more than 40-full time reviewers i don't know but i think apple should get more trained reviewers. No wonder why some applications take really long to be approved.
Source: Apple hot news