Build, Get Rejected by Apple, Ship Anyway ➝

Préshit Deorukhkar, writing on Medium about Homescreen.me’s App Store rejection:

Apple executives explained to us that we cannot showcase a homescreen springboard image within the app — stating that the springboard was Apple’s IP and it was against Apple’s Brand guidelines.

The rejection was not only disappointing and heart-breaking for us, as we had put several months of hard work into the app, but we also found the reason very hard to believe.

It seems ludicrous that Apple would reject an app like this. But I’m glad the team didn’t let it stop them — they shipped a fully revamped version of the site instead.

I uploaded my iPhone home screen and Watch face to the service yesterday morning. I’m not sure if I’ll begin using this rather than just uploading a screenshot to Twitter, but I like the concept. And hopefully they’ll add support for iPad home screens soon.

But I have an additional feature request — home screen history. If I’m using the service regularly, I don’t want previous iterations of my home screen to disappear into the ether. What if, in addition to sharing your current home screen, Homescreen.me could serve as a personal historical record by saving all older uploads as well.

Préshit mentions that home screen histories was something the team set out to build for the native app and I really hope they’re working on it. That’s the one feature that would compel me to continue uploading to the service.

Update: Préshit mentioned me on Twitter noting that the ability to view older home screen uploads was already built into the iOS app. This makes their App Store rejection even more heartbreaking. But the good news is, version history is built into their backend now. And all that’s left is to integrate it into their frontend user interface — this feature’s going to be great.