Steve Jobs quote app rejected by Apple, report says

The app's creator has decided to turn the app into a Web-only program after Apple decided daily Steve Jobs quotes weren't enough.

Steve Jobs announced the first iPad in 2010. James Martin/CNET

A new app has surfaced that features Steve Jobs quotes. But it turns out Apple wasn't impressed, according to a new report.

Quoth Steve has cropped up on the Web as a mobile app that users can run in the browser. The app provides daily Steve Jobs quotes that can be saved, shared via social networks, or synched to different devices. The app was initially planned for Apple's App Store, but according to co-creator John Gill, who coincidentally works as a developer at Amazon, Apple denied its entry into its marketplace.

Speaking to Recode in an interview published Monday, Gill claims that he attempted to have his app approved by Apple, only to be told by the company that it won't accept any apps focused solely on its co-founder. Apple asked that he add quotes from other popular figures in addition to Jobs, but Gill told Recode that he didn't feel it was in the spirit of the app.

Apple has caught some heat in the past for its approval policies for the App Store. That the company didn't approve an app highlighting the wisdom of its co-founder perhaps adds some credibility to its approval process, which requires programs to be useful as its cornerstone approval mechanism.

For now, Gill has decided to keep the app Jobs-only and leave it online. CNET has contacted Apple for comment on Gill's claim. We will update this story when we have more information.

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