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Rejected App moves to "In Review" instead of "Waiting..." Is this normal?

03-14-2011, 01:06 AM
#1
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Rejected App moves to "In Review" instead of "Waiting..." Is this normal?

Hello-

I submitted an update awhile ago and it took the usual amount of time to get to the "In Review" state (8 days or so). After being "In Review" for a day it was rejected...totally my fault, left a background mode setting in my Info.plist that should have been removed due to a different approach I took. Anyways, I removed the setting and resubmitted and the Update went immediately back to the "In Review" state.

I'm just wondering if this is normal? Or if I'm secretly really in the "Waiting for Review" state (in which case it'll take a good 8+ days or so for the update to come out). I've had a rejection before, long time ago for another App, and I don't remember moving directly to the "In Review" state.

If any devs who have recently been rejected and resubmitted have any info that would be awesome.

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03-14-2011, 10:28 PM
#2
It definitely should be faster (3 days) that is our experience.

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03-14-2011, 11:37 PM
#3
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Hi TinyTechnician

Please excuse my ignorance as I'm yet to submit, though I'm only days away from doing so.

If you don't mind I can only guess that the reviewer was unable to edit/remove the obsolete setting entry, and only you the submitter may do so. If that's the only reason for rejection then it sounds like you'll be live in no time.
03-15-2011, 12:50 AM
#4
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Hey blitter-

Yeah, the issue was in the Info.plist which is a compiled asset. Anything compiled has to be changed on the dev's side.

I have submitted an update before in which I included "Game Center" in the keyword list (since I was adding GC for the update). The reviewer said this was not allowed and simply changed it on their end before approving the update (no rejection or resubmission on my part). So the Apple Review team does indeed work with developers to make the review process as quick as possible. Probably better to make the change on their end, if they can, than reject and just have to review the whole update again.

Submitted the revision late Saturday night so this is the end of Day 2 and still "In Review". Fingers crossed tomorrow is the day.

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03-15-2011, 01:08 AM
#5
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Hey, same thing happened to me. App was rejected. Uploaded simple fix like update. Went into "in review" within a minute of uploading the fix. That was on March 7th and it is still "in review."

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03-15-2011, 01:26 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by starjimstar View Post
Hey, same thing happened to me. App was rejected. Uploaded simple fix like update. Went into "in review" within a minute of uploading the fix. That was on March 7th and it is still "in review."
Oh man, that's what I'm fearing. That it says "In Review" but secretly I'm in some kind of "Waiting for Review" state. Good luck, hope you move through the review process...and I guess I'll find out soon enough as the days go by :-/

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03-15-2011, 01:32 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TinyTechnician View Post
Oh man, that's what I'm fearing. That it says "In Review" but secretly I'm in some kind of "Waiting for Review" state. Good luck, hope you move through the review process...and I guess I'll find out soon enough as the days go by :-/
Perhaps I should mention that my app is more complicated than usual and it was "in review" for about 4 days before the resubmission so the delay might be unrelated. I have no idea. 7 days does seem like a long time to be "in review," however.

I just sent a message to my reviewer asking if there is anything I can do to help.

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03-17-2011, 03:20 PM
#8
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OK, I'm calling this...

The App must move to some hidden "Waiting for Review" state after getting rejected and then resubmitted.

My reasoning being...it took Apple 1 day to review my app and find something wrong with it (bad setting in Info.plist file). It is now 5+ days in the "In Review" state after resubmitting. I'm pretty sure if it took Apple 1 day to review my App originally that it wouldn't take 5+ days to review it all over again...especially since the difference between the two versions were simply that one setting.

So I'm calling it...there is some ghost "Waiting for Review" state when devs automatically move to the "In Review" state after resubmitting their App (on a rejection).

I'm not complaining here just giving my info for other devs. My mistake on the submission...gotta wait my turn now :-)

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04-21-2011, 05:49 AM
#9
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Has your app been approved by now?
I also had an app that was rejected and instantly went from "Waiting for Review" to "In Review" and is in that state since April, 14th (7 days and counting).
04-21-2011, 06:58 AM
#10
We had a bug in our update submission and we put the new build in the same day with a fix. Apple reviewed it same day and it was approved within hours. It seems like simple fixes for apps that have already been through review get expedited and out quicker.