5184 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 23, 2008 3:45 PM by Kim Hansen1
Maybe I can help other people to avoid falling into this trap. Here's exactly what happened:
1. We submitted v1.0 of our app, which was approved for sale.
2. We realized there was a critical error in v1.0, so we removed it from sale and uploaded v1.01 (which contained a fix). At this point iTunes Connect showed both versions of our app: v1.0 (Developer removed from sale) and v1.01 (In Review).
3. We received an email telling us that v1.01 had been approved for sale. But in iTunes Connect, v1.0 had disappeared and v1.01 was now listed as "Developer removed from sale." It's as if v1.01 replaced v1.0 and inherited its status.
Hope this helps someone, somewhere,
I'm in the middle of the same issue. I was already aware of how to turn back on "ready for sale".
But earlier I had a problem even submitting my fixed version. Once you've removed your app from sale, there's no way to submit a new version! Finally I figured I'd re-enable sales for Luxembourg only, then edit the app description to tell people not to download it. But then I discovered, after uploading the new version, that I could disable sales again and keep the new version in review.
I'm very unhappy with how this has gone. First, I had a stable version up, 2.0. I submitted 2.0.1, which had a very obvious, very bad bug, that somehow crept in at the last minute, and I missed. I would have thought that Apple's review process would have caught it, but no.
So -- the new app goes live, and I start getting lots of 1-star reviews. For an app with a 4.8+ average. Ouch. I immediately pull the update, fix the problem, and try to contact Apple. Can they please restore 2.0 to the store, or expedite reviewing 2.0.2? Four days later, no response. Several emails, and one phone conversation with a promise they would call me back. Very infuriating. Meanwhile more than 30,000 of my users are stuck with a broken version. And 2.0.2 is still in review.
So we conclude that
1. If an app has no bugs, it takes more than 3 weeks to approve, and you get an email saying nothing except it is taking extra time.
2. If an app has fatal bugs obvious to anyone running it, it is approved immediately.
3. If you upload a fix for the app that has the fatal bugs, goto step 1.
sooooo... do you know if your existing customers will get the new, not available for sale update even though nobody new can buy it?
I ask because I did my version 2 release as a new app, with a simultaneous update to my version 1.x -- the intention being to allow my old customers to update to the new binary. My new version is radically different in look, feel and under the hood so it really is "new". But I want to take care of my early adopters.