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Been a while since we had a new release to announce, so I guess I’ll just cover all the updates in one post! We were forced by iOS 5 to make minor bug fixes to our existing apps, which have all been rolling out over the last couple weeks. It started with calendaRSS, and in the last few days both Race for the Money and Race for the App finally got approved.

I’m sure this only qualifies as news to people who haven’t launched the App Store recently . . .

We neglected to mention it here, but a couple days ago Apple approved Race for the App 1.1.0, and you can find it in the App Store. Sorry if you missed the race for some pretty sweet sponsors as a result. But keep playing every day and you’re likely to find many other top-tier app races, along with discovering a lot of other new apps you weren’t aware of before. Have fun!

We’ve read some of our reviews and boy are we . . . amused! Some people are actually giving Race for the App one star just because we don’t start them with more app points than everyone else! And it is true that starting with Ⓐ1.10 might not get you in to every race, but that’s why you need to keep playing, not stop playing! It’s the smart players who win the Ⓐ5.00 races, because they kept playing daily to earn their Ⓐ0.10 of interest, and maybe won a few races “in the money” to increase their balance even more.

Thinking about our decision to reduce the starting balance to Ⓐ0.10 starting in February, though, we have decided not to do that. There is just too much money already in the system to make that viable. Given that even Ⓐ1.10 has people throwing fits, we might even consider “cost of living” increases in the future. Whatever that might be, it will still be less than the roughly Ⓐ3.00 that can be earned in interest every month. In short, there will always be some advantage for being an early adopter, so be happy you found Race for the App early and be sure to tell your friends!

We do agree that the Fund Account button should actually do something, though. While you can’t pay for more app points like you can for more money in Race for the Money, it should at least pop a dialog. Or perhaps you have some other idea for a cross promotion that gives users app points? For example, we could reward some app points if users visit your web site or install your app. Let us know if you’d like to arrange something like that.

So what are we angry about? Birds, of course! As promised, as an added incentive, we have started seeding the sponsors with apps that are already popular. We experimented last week with Infection Zone, a very nice board game we found while testing Race for the App. This week, we’ve went straight to the top of the games list and added Angry Birds. It’ll pop up sooner or later as a featured sponsor, so be sure to look for it in the game! Play it smart, and that promo code (technically a gift code, since it came out of own pockets), is yours. But it doesn’t always have to be games! What’s your suggestion for the next “impossible” sponsor?

Just as reflected in the icon’s own victory, Race for the App has finally been approved! Far from being at the finish line, though, we realize the real work has only just begun. Players need to start playing and sponsors need to start sponsoring, so get the word out today!

Something else to note regarding the free accounts for players: currently they’re starting at a balance of 110 “app points” (aka, Ⓐ1.10). Starting in February, though, that will drop to 10 app points, which matches the 10 app points they can earn by playing daily. Just another incentive to become an early adopter, and tell your friends to become one, too!

As promised, we’re doing our best to work with Apple’s App Review Board to get Race for the App approved. We’ve gotten absolutely no feedback from them yet, but we have already made a first stab at a compromise solution.

Instead of giving promo codes to race winners, it seems like it should be OK to just give them out to the public, as so many other sites do. To that end, we’ve created this Sponsors List, which just publishes the promo code after the race ends. It is a less than ideal incentive for competition, but we hope it is a way to keep the spirit of Race for the App alive without ruffling too many feathers.

Even this might not be allowed, though. Stay tuned for further updates. In the mean time, you can at least see if Apple is burning through the races you signed up to sponsor . . . nearly two months ago . . .

Remember how we’ve been waiting for Apple to approve Race for the App for over a month? We’ve finally got a resolution, but it was not a good one: Rejected. After a long talk with an Apple rep, though, it isn’t wholly a lost cause. The two main objections seem easy to address with very few changes to the app (making us wonder what took so long). We may even be able to make the changes on the server and use the same binary!

For all the developer’s who have submitted promo codes only to have them expire, we apologize. Rest assured, though, your sponsorship of races will still carry forward with our new plans. Hopefully that will drive sales for you, like we intended from the start. Stay tuned for progress reports on the app, and look for changes to the web site even sooner. Thanks!

Time is getting shorter and we’re still stuck In Review on Race for the App. Our options are limited at this point, but we plan to try them all before the end of Wednesday.

If you’re a developer, especially if you’ve already submitted promo codes that are expiring soon, you might be able to help. If you really want to see this released before the holiday shutdown of iTunes Connect, please contact Apple via your account and ask them to attend to Race for the App before it is too late. Thanks for sticking with us . . . for as long as this takes!

Today Apple sent us the dreaded “the review process will require additional time” email. This has happened with every new app we have submitted. We didn’t think it’d be a problem this time around, because Race for the App is just a variation on a theme. It seems like every little thing we do challenges the App Store in some way.

Regardless, this “additional time” has involved significant delays in the past. Upwards of 2 months, which is not going to be acceptable. We really do want this available to developers while iTunes Connect shuts down at the end of this month. So we’re going to be proactive about the delays this time. We’re going to bug the hell out of them over the next week; you might want to do the same if you really like the Race for the App concept.

We’ll keep you updated as we know more.

If you have bothered to check the Race for the Money site in the last week, you noticed that we started making changes in anticipation of the new release we hinted at here. You can read all the details there, but the short version is that we are splitting off a second version called Race for the App that will be free and, as a bonus, allow race sponsors to give away a free copy of their own iOS apps!

What we have for you here, especially the developers who have submitted promocodes, is news that the status has finally reached In Review. We have high hopes that the process will be swift and successful, since this is a fairly straightforward update of Race for the Money. We’ll let you know as things progress, but it’s set to go live immediately upon approval, so you might see it in the App Store even before you read it here! Thanks for your continued support.