Update: Wow, this is a buggy app. We got it to work..just barely. More below…
Knocking Live Video (app store link) hit the App Store today. Its journey there was an unusual one however. The application is simply a peer to peer video streaming app. IT allows people to connect via social media application Facebook.
The major roadblock was that Knocking Live Video uses undocumented (and therefore unusable APIs) to stream video from iPhone to iPhone. Naturally, with the automated API checking tool, the app was rejected for this reason initially.
According to Ars, however, the developer sent an impassioned email to email@example.com….
But Meehan was convinced that his app was worth fighting for. “When it was rejected, I decided not to give up and reach out directly to Steve Jobs via e-mail,” he told Ars. “I reached out to Apple to reconsider our application due to its potential to culturally change how people share live moments phone-to-phone.”
He made his case “in a way that was not about me or our app, rather about being a life-long user of all Apple products, about how I believed in Apple and that I believed Jobs would respond,” Meehan said.
Meehan ended up composing a passionate plea to Apple’s CEO, explaining he has been frustrated and disheartened with the app approval process, which often leaves developers wondering and waiting with little or no response from Apple about any potential problems. He pointed out that there are other apps that had been approved using the same private API call