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Steve Jobs Calls Seattle iPad App Developer Over the App’s Rejection

Seattle Times reports that iPad developer Ram Arumugam e-mailed Steve Jobs, frustrated by Apple’s rejection of his iPad app. Two hours after receiving the developer’s e-mail, Steve Jobs gave him a call to discuss the app rejection.

The two talked about Arumugam’s app, called “Economy for iPad,” and why it was rejected by Apple. Arumugam had included non-public code, also known as a private application programming interface (API), in the app, something Apple doesno’t allow to fix a bug he encountered with the iPad OS’s keyboard controls.

A couple of hours after I sent the email, I was at a noisy soccer (for kids) arena when I heard my iPhone ring. The caller-id, the caller saying “Ram, this is Steve” and that he was calling from Apple did suggest that it could really be Steve Jobs. He confirmed it when I asked.

After speaking with Jobs Arumugam updated his iPad application to remove the private code, not allowed by Apple, and it was quickly accepted into the App Store. Now it’s the #1 selling financial iPad application.

Maybe Jobs was just caring through since Arumugam left Microsoft to create an iOS app development company.


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