The Apple iPhone App Store purged itself of over 1,000 apps this weekend the easy way: it ejected an entire app developer.
IPhoneography is reporting that app maker Molinker has had its 1,011 apps pulled from the App Store after a reader of the site, known as SCW, discovered that all of its apps had 50 five-star reviews that all seemed a bit too similar. The number 50 also happens to coincide with the number of free passes given to a developer for each application so that they can give out test and review copies.
SCW contacted Phil Schiller of Apple via email to notify him of the discovery. Mr. Schiller replied to the email and let him know that the developer was being removed from the App Store over the seeming abuse of the system.
AppFreak contacted Molinker about the situation and received the following reply:
We got email from Apple yesterday [Sunday 6th] which told us our contract is changed to pending status.
Actually, we do not know what’s wrong so far. We had contacted Apple for such sudden changes, hope we can get quick response and actions from Apple.
Molinker represents approximately 1 percent of all apps currently in the App Store, the resolution of this should be interesting to watch.