Former Apple Engineer Reveals the Hardships of Being an App Reviewer

Former Apple Engineer Reveals the Hardships of Being an App Reviewer

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Mike Lee, a former senior engineer at Apple who was part of the Worldwide Developer Relations team, says being an app reviewer is lousy work in an interview with Business Insider.

"People have this idea that there are 100 people in India doing app reviews," Lee tells Business Insider. "It's just people in a building at Apple, and like every other part of Apple, they can't get enough really good people. Apple will not compromise the quality of its teams to fill it in. I promise you its a lot smaller than you imagine."

Lee says that reviewers have got to go through a ton of garbage including numerous app submissions featuring male genitalia.

"It's a very serious problem, trying to filter out things that no one is there to see. Somebody has to sit there and filter out all those d*cks. You can't let all those d*cks get through. You have to err way on the side of safety. You have to have people sitting there looking at things that may or may not be d*cks all day long. Apple refuses to farm stuff out to massive groups of people. They insist on having actual smart, educated, well-trained people doing the job. So that means they have to have some of their actual employees sifting through a pile of d*cks."

According to Lee, this is why Apple's censorship policy is so strict. It's to expedite the review process.

"The only way to deal with it is to set the bar so far away from d*cks so that even a picture of a cucumber gets blocked by accident," he says. "Because if you don't, you have people spending hours and hours of conversation on whether something is a pubic hair. It's a huge waste of time."

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Former Apple Engineer Reveals the Hardships of Being an App Reviewer
pkmaximum - July 4, 2012 at 6:37am
I'm not trying to defend Apple here, but how can you look at Apple's procedures and huge success rate and say that it's a waste of time?
Ahmad - July 19, 2012 at 10:03am
The only reason I can see for the dilsekis and so few likes even though you have 36k views, is your presentation is not polished. The mic is weak so your voice does not carry very well, and you don't speak with authority about the product. Take a look at professional reviews, good examples to check out is any video game review from IGN. You have to have confidence in your voice or people listening will tune out.
Lucas - July 3, 2012 at 11:30pm
I love how the anti-Apple Fanboys love to latch on ANY excuse to hate...trying reading the whole thing before you put words into people's mouths!
Pineapple - July 3, 2012 at 10:35pm
I think there may be a same dungeon set up at Google to function similarly, though at different parameters. Whether they spend more $ to filter is beyond my imagination. One thinh is clear, iphone apps out number Android's by a large margin so the work is more.
Phunsuk Wangdu - July 3, 2012 at 7:40pm
I think Mike Lee is a DICK himself if he thinks that quality work happens only in US @ Apple HO and all the people working in India do not confirm to the quality standards. Listen you DICK! There are more Indian engineers and QA people churning out Quality code than your small brain can ever comprehend. Read more:
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