Question: why do so many news sites have to quote others in regard to Apple’s developer guidelines?
Whether they have intended to or not, quite a number of media news websites (and magazines) have revealed a rather startling fact today: they don’t have access to direct information about Apple’s developer guidelines because they are not developers themselves.
First a definition: an Apple developer is someone who has registered with Apple and paid the $99 fee to become part of the program. One does not need to actually create an app themselves. So if you want to know what is in the guidelines one simply signs in and looks at the guidelines themselves.
But unfortunately it appears that those who write for many of the leading news sites that report about such matters are completely left out in the dark and desperately in need of others with access to the developer site in order to write their stories. It is as if I were writing a recap of yesterday’s Giants game (they won) without seeing the game myself, only reading reports from other sources.
Do you find this shocking? I have to admit that I do. Not everyone who writes about apps will be a registered Apple developer, but I would think that those who write about the subject of app development guidelines might consider it a good idea to become one. I certainly would not employ a reporter to cover the subject without this little detail being taken care of, would you?
No wonder then that so much misinformation is being posted today. I don’t demand that the reporter that covers the Giants has been a baseball player in the past, just that he knows the rules of the game. It especially helps when the subject of the story is . . . the rules of the game.