Cartoonist's app accepted by Apple; problem "fixed"

After a stink over the rejection of Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist Mark Fiore's cartoon app by Apple last week, Apple wrote him a letter asking him to resubmit the app for approval. Apple CEO Steve Jobs had this to say about the rejection: "This was a mistake that’s being fixed.”

Well, the problem has indeed been fixed. The app is now proudly displayed in the App Store, along with a pleasant description that says "See the app Steve Jobs was talking about!"

The response from Jobs came from a customer email sent by Robert Williamson, who argued that political satire isn't simply base defamation; rather, it is the stuff that drives progressive social discourse.

"While someone can still view these on the web with no problem, I would like to say that having these and others of their ilk available more widely as apps is a benefit to society. While ridicule might be involved, they it can play an important role in civic discourse — look to the Fool in King Lear, or other similar jesters in a royal court for examples the importance of satire.”

Apple is known for its selective rejection and acceptance criteria, and it's rare to see an app be un-rejected without required changes, and by the CEO himself. This may be a step towards more open application acceptance standards for Apple. Or maybe it really was just a mistake. 

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If I wanted to waste my money it wouldn't be on Apple crap for sure! Why do they have to control every single aspect of all their devices making it so that their users can't make changes to their hardware or software because Jobs says no but charges 2 or 3 times as much?
Apple is full of themselves and the iPoo'd is the only reason they are even around. Who knows why the masses want a locked down device that is inferior to the majority of *nix based smart phones. I don't want my smartphone's manufacturer telling me what apps, news and commentary I can view on my device. We all know Jobs is evil and a dummycrap I mean democrat so he wants nothing more than to limit and deny people of the product experience they deserve while they pay outrageous inflated fees for inferior technology. But hey-let them chase after their jail-breaking customers and demonize them for using technology the way it was intended-full and open and without political limitations regarding the apps and info you are allowed to display on your device. Jobs must be of the Obama camp-he's doing his part for Socialism by making sure technology devolves for users because according to Jobs and Obama and other crack smoking elitists the public at large is to stupid to think for themselves. According to them only the Gov't and the media know how to live your life-listen only to us!

So by "fixed", Apple means that certain prize winners are exempt from the rules? Or do they mean that the rules only apply unless enough pressure is put on Apple to turn the other way and allow an App? Clarification would be good.


"I would like to say that having these and others of their ilk available more widely as apps is a benefit to society"
Well, someone certaintly thinks highly of himself.

apple are doing things backwards and ****ing off developers which is there intension obviously,steve is trying to make apple and himself look good but it aint working cuzz they failed once and again and again and now after many fails they think developers will forgive them.

Mohib Sheth said,
They just did it so save their ass and a couple of fans..

Do you really think a single app being rejected by apple will lose fans? Steve Jobs and Apple could be seen clubbing baby seals with a nail studded stick and the existing fans will clap and cheer and say the baby seals were evil.

Milamber said,

Do you really think a single app being rejected by apple will lose fans? Steve Jobs and Apple could be seen clubbing baby seals with a nail studded stick and the existing fans will clap and cheer and say the baby seals were evil.

The bad PR was quite large actually, since the app creator was a Pulitzer prize winner. Believe it or not, mac fanboys aren't the only people Mr.Jobs wants to attract into buying his hardware.

"With the shear number of apps on the App Store, mistakes are bound to happen. Above and beyond weather you agree with Apple's policies or not."
Why should there be mistakes? they still have to look them all over. It's either approved or not.

I give a little credit, Jobs stepped up and said rejecting it was wrong, and it was, and it was fixed.. Rather than just sticking behind the noob who did it, or saying they would be making an "exception" for this app or anything.

With the shear number of apps on the App Store, mistakes are bound to happen. Above and beyond weather you agree with Apple's policies or not.

Ten to one this was just to save any bad pr apple was getting from rejecting it in the first place. Apple will continue to reject anything they don't like, and unless it generates bad pr like this one did they won't give two ****s.