Wired has pointed out that Apple’s Director of Applications Technology for the App Store, Phillip Shoemaker, was a former App Store developer himself. That would be expected. Hire a guy who knows the ropesOH MY GOD HE USED TO MAKE FART APPLICATIONS FOR THE APP STORE. Yes, it seems Mr. Shoemaker was the creator of […]
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Apple's Director of Applications Technology, Used to Make Fart Applications for the App Store

Wired has pointed out that Apple’s Director of Applications Technology for the App Store, Phillip Shoemaker, was a former App Store developer himself. That would be expected. Hire a guy who knows the ropesOH MY GOD HE USED TO MAKE FART APPLICATIONS FOR THE APP STORE. Yes, it seems Mr. Shoemaker was the creator of such fine works as “iWiz” and “Animal Farts” sold under the GrayNoodle LLC. name.

“Simulate the experience of urinating for a long time,” iWiz’s app description reads in iTunes. “Convince your friends that you’ll never stop. iWiz allows you to simulate urination: faster, slower, or just a trickle.”

The game Animal Farts features various cartoon images of animals with their buttocks facing forward, giving users buttons to trigger “Fart,” “Poot,” “Drop” or “Wiz” sounds accompanied with animations illustrating said emissions.

An Apple spokesperson said that his applications were approved for the App Store before he was employed at Apple.

“Phillip’s apps were written, submitted and approved before he became an Apple employee,” an Apple spokeswoman said in a statement. “His experience and perspective as a developer is one of the valuable things he brings to Apple’s developer relations team. Apple’s policy allows for employees to have apps on the App Store if they’re developed and published prior to their start at Apple.”

However, App Store data shows that three of Shoemaker’s apps showed up around six weeks after he posted that he was now working at Apple on Twitter. Even stranger, since Wired published the piece, Shoemaker has deleted his Twitter accounts, and removed mention of his apps and GrayNoodle from his LinkedIn profile.

Make of this what you will.

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