Apple’s iTunes store is very strictly controlled by Apple. Every app that gets into the store is checked, verified, scanned for some crappy code inside, and then it shows up at the iTunes store. This has led many developers to go to Cydia, the iTunes alternative store.
The reason for disapproval could either be the developer not complying with Apple’s guidelines or some hidden tracking code. All this individually checked app process makes iTunes one of the most regulated store that guarantees better for the user.
However, there is one finding of a game reported by Softpedia that exposes itself as Halo 4 game for iPhone, iPod and the iPad. Actually, there are two apps being sold in the iTunes store as Halo 4 for an attached price of $4.99 and €4.49. The games being sold by two different developers, but their description reads same.
“Halo 4 for iPhone/iPad is the fourth installment in the Halo series where Master Chief returns to battle an ancient evil bent on vengeance and annihilation,” – Game’s Description.
Many users bought the game being Halo 4, and when they found it to be something else, they weren’t happy and their reactions could be traced from their posted comments.
What I fail to understand is how a fake app getting approved in the iTunes store? Anyone could figure the app from the go, and say it as a fake or scam. The only logical explanation could be an automated process which approved the app, but that’s in general not the case with Apple.
Apple in never replies to press, unless there is a huge outcry for a mess [namely the antenna issue with iPhone 4, map issue]. With more users reporting against the game, it will be taken off from the iTunes store. To rectify the mistake, they can refund the money to users who bought it. This isn’t the first time that Apple has taken down some app and refunded the money.