Farewell to Camera App, sorry taptaptap [The Inside Story]
I am very sure many users would be definitely disappointed by the news that Camera is no longer in the iTunes App Store following a bizarre week of rejection, revelation, feature requests, and possible take down.
Taptaptap the developer behind the app, wrote in a recent blog post that Camera has made a profit of incredible half a million dollars in sales in just two months, or about $8,333 a day on average. That means they already made a reported $500,000 in sales.
Taptaptap has originally submitted an updated Camera+ version with the volume snapping functionality but without luck got rejected, so they created the URL trick which obviously slipped under Apple’s radar.
The new update includes a new feature called Volume Snap. Volume Snap allowed users to use the volume controls to take a photo, a feature that many iPhone users have asked for. Apple, however, does not approve of using the iPhone’s hardware in this manner.
Here’s what they had to say to taptaptap,
Your application cannot be added to the App Store because it uses iPhone volume buttons in a non-standard way, potentially resulting in user confusion. Changing the behaviour of iPhone external hardware buttons is a violation of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement. Applications must adhere to the iPhone Human Interface Guidelines as outlined in the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement section 3.3.7
The developers were very much disappointed that their app got rejected but at the same time they appreciate Apple for the fact that they were very informative regarding the reason behind the rejection.
When we look into this very matter, now it becomes difficult to come into conclusion whether Apple has pulled Camera+ or TapTapTap has taken it down. We will likely have to wait until they let us know.
After the news of camera no longer in the iTunes App Store, I wish I had downloaded this app earlier when it was there.