We told you in May 2011 that a new company called “Taposé” aimed to bring functionality from Microsoft’s dual-screen Courier tablet concept to the iPad. The iPad app was still early in development then, but has since reached its funding goal on Kickstarter. It also received backing from Microsoft’s J Allard who headed the Courier project at Microsoft, and now Apple finally approved it for the App Store:
Apple has finally approved Taposé. It only took four months, three rejections, one appeal win and then reversal of said appeal, management UI review, and then one more final review for good measure to get Taposé approved… It should be in the appstore by late tonight or tomorrow morning… Taposé will be priced at $2.99!
Providing the split-screen functionality is a “Slide Bar” feature that separates the screen into two separate areas for apps. You can also store items like maps, notes, and images in the middle bar to easily move content from one side of the screen to the other. For example: The app’s Kickstarter page explained you can “Drag addresses to Maps for directions” or “Drag and drop from Safari.”
It certainly has not been easy for the developers to get the app approved by Apple; Cnet explained exactly why Apple rejected the app three times, as noted by the developers above:
It’s been a long road to get approval from Apple to sell the app in iTunes. Monnig said in early November that he expected to receive approval by Thanksgiving. The app was initially rejected because it ran two separate windows, and then because it used widgets showing calendars and reminders in a way that violated Apple’s rules for apps… After fixing those issues, Tapose hit another hurdle earlier this month regarding in-app subscriptions for its cloud-based storage that renewed automatically every month. After changing the pricing to a yearly subscription that didn’t automatically renew, the app was approved.