German software developer Armin Heinrich is perplexed why his application, "I am Rich", was removed from the iPhone AppStore without warning or communication from Apple. The application showed up recently in the AppStore's Lifestyle section, priced at $999.99 -- the highest price allowed by Apple for an iPhone application. Naturally, you're wondering what "I am Rich" does for nearly a thousand dollars, no? Well, once you've shelled out your grand, installed, and launched the application -- you get a picture of a ruby on your screen. That's it.
Somehow, 8 individuals were dumb/clumsy enough to have purchased the application before Apple could
yank it out of the store. This lands $5,600 in Heinrich's pocket and $2,400 in Apple's. As Apple hasn't commented on the matter yet, there's no word on whether Apple plans to refund the money to the unfortunate buyers of "I am Rich", or whether they will issue refunds.
According to statements made in an email to the Los Angeles Times, Heinrich said he had "no idea" why Apple had removed his application because he wasn't aware of breaking any rules. Apparently, Apple failed to add being deceptive, predatory, and a douche bag to its list of reasons a developer may have his/her application removed from the AppStore.Rules or no rules, efforts to argue against Apple's action protecting their customers will likely fall flat.