Apple Turns Down Pull My Finger App Due To “Limited Utility”

Posted Sep 5, 2008

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has always been able to maintain a certain image. They are a media company that also happens to make great products. So when a developer submits an application that just makes farting noises to their App Store, wouldn’t you reject it if you were the company?

The developer of the iPhone application, Pull My Finger does not believe Apple should have. Below is the video of the app being used by the developer:

And below is the message that Apple sent to the developer of Pull My Finger:

“Hello Developer,

We’ve reviewed your application Pull My Finger. We have determined that
this application is of limited utility to the broad iPhone and iPod
touch user community, and will not be published to the App Store.

It may be very appropriate to share with friends and family, and we
recommend you review the Ad Hoc method on the Distribution tab of the
iPhone Developer Portal for details on distributing this application
among a small group of people of your choosing.


Victor Wang

Worldwide Developer Relations

Apple, Inc.”

What constitutes an app from not having limited utility? Does it have to be a game? Does it have to have some sort of connection to a successful web company such as Facebook, Automattic, or YouTube?

Pull My Finger is not the first application to be blocked by Apple. Apple has rejected a $999 I Am Rich application and a wireless tethering application. What Apple should do is let Pull My Finger stay and place it in a category called Comedy/Offbeat. Many developers out there want to create something for those who have a sense of humor.