Apple rejecting apps with "pad" in their name

Apple are now rejecting apps which include the word "pad" in their title, it appears from an official email sent out to a developer. It is Apple's latest attempt to prevent people from using its trademarks in applications in the App Store in order to avoid any confusion over whether an app is created or endorsed by Apple.

Jesse Waites, the developer of the ContactPad app, submitted an update to his software - which is currently available in the App Store - only to be told that it was "inappropriately using Pad in the application name." He passed a screenshot of the response he received from Apple to the 9 to 5 Mac website.

The email suggests that if you want to use the term iPad in the app name then it should be phrased as "runs on iPad" or something similar to that. This appears to be an extension to the current Apple policy against apps with iPod or iPhone in the title.

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I just hope that Apple goes out the same way as 3dfx with their Voodoo cards, Apple is making the same mistakes as 3dfx did, getting arrogant and making the developers angry.

apple wont need a large user base for people to start making malicious files against their os.... they will just **** people off to the point where it will be just a common thing. Oh, you're getting a mac, i heard there are a lot of viruses you can get from disgruntled customers... lol

Phew, thank God that the 'Maxi Pad' are not installable on those iPad.
Or my wife would go totally wild and muddy.

our rss reader "lillypad" was rejected for this reason. I renamed it "feedhop". Since our company logo was a frog, we didnt even think about the association with "pad". Anyway, its in the store now. Please apple, don't release a device named hop

Thanks god i don't pay for my apps! sadly i don't support the developer either if they don't add an donate button

I wonder when the lawsuits against MaxiPad will start? I bet the lawyers can smell the blood in the water on this one....
one more..
MaxiPad will have to drop their countersuit because they're hemorraging money..
Alright, sorry for the jokes, but Apple's being a bunch of See You Next Tuesdays on this one.

suicide_pact said,
I wonder when the lawsuits against MaxiPad will start? I bet the lawyers can smell the blood in the water on this one....
one more..
MaxiPad will have to drop their countersuit because they're hemorraging money..
Alright, sorry for the jokes, but Apple's being a bunch of See You Next Tuesdays on this one.

haha, thats bloody mess

Said it before, will say it again. Want to do what you want with a device, then dont choose Apple. Want to be told what you can and cannot do with the money you spent on a product, go with Apple.

Bit late for this, apple. There are already a number of apps in the store which include the word "sPADe" or "sPADes" in their titles.
What a ridiculous escaPADe.

omnicoder said,
if (name.ToLower().Contains("pad")) developer.screw();

I see you have never developed for apple products before, objective c has a far worse syntax than that

Fail. This paranoid obsession about trademarks will have to end one day. Some people already get it and they do and will in a greater degree have a competitive advantage over those who don't.

Since when does Apple own the trademark to the word "Pad"? They might as well say "You also cannot use Touch, Phone, i or I (anywhere in the name), the useage of a blank space in your name ( app[blank_space] name) or anything else our app review team might think you shouldn't be allowed to use".

My problem is, that as a developer they are sticking it to us more and more. Yet our apps make them money. Aren't you supposed to take care of the hand that feed you, not bite it?

What a crock, ease up Apple, you're becoming evil.

Klethron said,

My problem is, that as a developer they are sticking it to us more and more. Yet our apps make them money. Aren't you supposed to take care of the hand that feed you, not bite it?

What a crock, ease up Apple, you're becoming evil.

Simple solution...quit developing for their platform(s).

Klethron said,
Since when does Apple own the trademark to the word "Pad"? They might as well say "You also cannot use Touch, Phone, i or I (anywhere in the name), the useage of a blank space in your name ( app[blank_space] name) or anything else our app review team might think you shouldn't be allowed to use".

My problem is, that as a developer they are sticking it to us more and more. Yet our apps make them money. Aren't you supposed to take care of the hand that feed you, not bite it?

What a crock, ease up Apple, you're becoming evil.

Yes, exactly. And ContactPad existed before the iPad from what I can gather... So if you name your product and then Apple decides to use a word in the name of your app you have to rename it and lose all of that brand recognition? Ridiculous!

Don't worry, the devs will bow down to the almighty Apple as they always do. It's called brainwashing.

GreyWolf said,
Unless there's a "tPad" that I'm unaware of?

First version doesn't even have coffee support!

ContactPad does not infringe on the trademark.

Apple - here's a thought.... if you want people to not "infringe trademarks" and also make it clear what you own then stop calling everything iGeneric Word.... as either the "i" will be abused or the generic word.

lt8480 said,
ContactPad does not infringe on the trademark.

Apple - here's a thought.... if you want people to not "infringe trademarks" and also make it clear what you own then stop calling everything iGeneric Word.... as either the "i" will be abused or the generic word.

+1