I’m genuinely gobsmacked by this.
I applied for the Apple Developer program a couple of weeks ago on behalf of the company I co-founded. I was amazed to find out that I had to provide them with details about myself, details about my company including things like our DUNS number.
In addition to this I had to wait for them to call me … yes, CALL me. Just so that I can get a set of digital keys to sign anything I build. So I waited for the call which took a little over a week. The checks they did in this call were frankly pathetic:
Them: “Hi Apple here, you applied for the developer program on behalf of <company>?”
Me: “Hi, yes I did”
Them: “Can you confirm you are <name> and can you sign things for your company?”
Me: “Yes I can”
Them: “OK, thanks. I’ll update your application now, bye.”
I mean seriously Apple what is the FUCKING use of “check” like that?? I could have been bloody anyone on the end of that phone connection.
So, I then had to wait for that to filter through the system. I got distracted as busy business types generally do and got on with other things to make better use of my time. An email arrived on the 10th June saying that I could now finish the application. So today (20th June) I’m in a position to get it paid for (I’ve got to PAY Apple to make their eco-system more attractive??? WTF?? I won’t go into how offensive I find that here).
BOOM!! Because I didn’t cough up my cash quick enough (within 7 days) I now have to go through this laughable application/wait/phone call process again. I have to apply again, giving all the same details AGAIN, wait for another impossibly stupid phone call and another email.
Just so that I can hand over the stirling equivilent of £110 (not $99) so that I can spend my time making an app for my company.
Seriously, Go fuck yourselves Apple. Take about a little clique!
“Ohhh, you didn’t respond quick enough, oooh, oooh … you need to be faster than that … Oooh, join our little club you want do you? It’ll cost ya.”
Yeah, well I’ve already paid a massive premium for the bloody laptop I’m using.