Will Your App Make it Into the iOS App Store?

App StoreYou spent a lot of time and sleepless nights designing, coding and testing your new app. But if you missed just one little thing it could be rejected by the App gods and denied entrance into the iOS App Store. Even the smallest correction means you need to restart the somewhat long app review and approval process. But what if your app is seasonal? Or a competitor pops onto the market in the mean time? Having to start over again could be ruinous.

Instead of just submitting your app and hoping for the best, take a look at TestPad’s iOS App Store Submission Checklist. The list is divided into eight fields: Your App; Conforms to Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines; iPad Specific; Submission Package Details; App IP Configured Correctly (and Signed) For; When Updating; Miscellaneous; Copyright, Trademark, Ownership. To give you an idea of the types of things highlighted, here are the first three check points for each field:

Your App
Does not simulate a failure (e.g. crash or cracked screen)
Remains responsive after long/excessive usage
Does not hardcode any price information inside the app

Conforms to Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines
App looks well designed and of high quality
Native button icons are consistent with their native actions
Activity spinners must not spin indefinitely

iPad Specific
You app should work in all four orientations, but if only portrait or landscape, must support both ways up
Your app doesn’t nest popovers, i.e. selecting something on a popover should not display another popover
Your app doesn’t show more than one popover at a time

Submission Package Details
The name of your app (in the binary package) matches (or is abbreviated version of) the iTunes name
Your iTunes description accurately describes the functionality of the app, i.e. it works as advertised
Your iTunes description does not contain the price

App IP Configured Correctly (and Signed) For
iCloud enabled/disabled, with correct entitlements if enabled
Push notifications, with correct entitlements (for production) if enabled
In App purchasing enabled/disabled

When Updating
You iTunes “What’s New” description accurately matches the changes to your app
The updates to your app are real and detectable
Version number is greater than the previous version number

The app has a reasonably sized market, i.e. is not a tiny niche or for a private audience
There are no greyed out buttons or features in your app to do with a future release
Lite versions of apps must not be unusably restricted; they have to “work” as is

Copyright, Trademark, Ownership
You can prove you own (or have permission to use) all the code in your app
You can prove you own (or have permission to use) all the artwork in your app
You can prove you have permission to use any brand names, names of public figures or other trademarked material

The full checklist is quite long and comprehensive, so check it out at TestPad >>>

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