If you’re at all curious about Apple’s App Store review process, then then this is an interesting tidbit that you’ll love. Dive Apple (cached) is what appears to be a (now closed) test account used by App Store reviewers to test Facebook apps. It was uncovered via a tip to Jon Mitchell at ReadWriteWeb, who has a detailed writeup of the contents of the account.
As the review process for apps is notoriously black box, the account is interesting as a curiosity, at the very least. It was set to public, with several friends set to varying levels of account security, implying that they would be used to test apps with certain permissions.
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The account, which belongs to a cat called Dive Apple, was full of pictures and test posts with various apps, including some of the reviewers desk with an iMac and a sheet of what appear to be review instructions. Notice that the dock of the Mac appears to hold a bunch of interesting-looking icons as well.
We did just a little poking around and discovered that Dive Apple had accounts on some Facebook-connected services like Wavii and Gripe. You can check out the detective work that Mitchell did to verify the account, including some developer testimonials and more evidence, here.
A neat little peek behind the curtain of the App Store reviewer. If you’re a developer that has an app with Facebook login or other features, check your logs. If Dive Apple visited, you may have been tested!