Updates For 2016 Are In Progress

We have been releasing our 2016 updates to Apple, and currently have 12 apps in Apple’s review queue with more being released to Apple on a daily basis. These 2016 releases include updated statutes for New York, California, and support for statutes from the 84th Legislature for Texas.

These updates will be available in iTunes as soon as they complete Apple’s review process. Unfortunately we don’t have any control over the review time, but do expect to see these updates available in the app store later this month.

2015 Updates for iOS

The following California and New York 2015 updates for iOS are now available in the app store. 2015 updates for Android will be available shortly.

Unlike previous years, if you own one of our 2014 releases you can upgrade your statutes to 2015 directly in the app via an in app purchase. Your current settings and bookmarks will be unaffected. If you have one of our 2013 or older releases, getting the 2015 release will require a new purchase.

First 2015 Updates for iOS

Apple just approved four of our updates for 2015. Other updates are in the review queue awaiting approval. Unlike previous years, rather than needing to purchase a new app, you can now upgrade the statutes directly within the app via an in-app purchase. You will be able to keep all of your previous settings and bookmarks.

Users who initially purchased a version 15.x release of one of these apps will receive the updated statutes for free. Users who purchased a 2014 release of the app can upgrade their statutes to 2015 via an in-app purchase at a discounted price.

The apps just approved by apple are listed below:

 

Fix For Jan 5th Update Now Available

Our Fix for the problems caused by our January 5th update was just approved and released by Apple.  If you installed the January 5th update and have been experiencing problems, please check for the new update to release 15.10.

Please be aware that it can take a couple of hours for the update to become available in the App Store.

Problem with Jan 5, 2015 Updates

Our January 5th, 2015 updates have a problem that is causing four of our apps to either crash or otherwise be unable to display pages of the code. On January 6th we released a fix to Apple and requested an expedited review. The fixed updates will be available as soon as Apple completes their review process and releases our new updates.

The four affected apps are:

  • NY Civil Practice Law & Rules (NY CPLR)
  • NY Criminal Procedure Law
  • NY Vehicle and Traffic Law
  • CA Health & Safety Code

If you have not yet updated, please skip the 15.0 updates for these apps that came out on January 5th.  No other apps were affected, and the problem will be resolved as soon as Apple approves and releases our fix.

We apologize for any inconvenience this problem has caused.

Apple Approves Five Of Our 2013 Apps

We are pleased to report that today Apple reconsidered and approved five of our 2013 Apps for New York and California.  The following apps were approved today and are available now in the app store:

To help people with upgrading from earlier releases of these Apps for the iPhone/iPad we will be discounting the prices on these apps through February 15th.

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Apple Is Blocking Our 2013 iOS Releases

In December Apple approved the 2013 release of our NYPD Patrol Guide App, and we thought that the rest of our releases for 2013 would go smoothly.  In fact, our NYPD Patrol Guide has been in the top 50 reference apps since its release, however just a couple of weeks later Apple rejected the 2013 release of our NY Penal Law and NY Vehicle and Traffic Law Apps, calling them spam.  This is despite the fact that we have been successfully selling these same apps in Apple’s store since 2009 to very favorable reviews and Apple has demoed and used our apps as a selling point when meeting with law enforcement agencies.

We have been in communication with Apple since then trying to resolve this without much luck.  Actually, calling it communication is being generous, since Apple has not been getting back to us.  On January 15th we were told that a representative from Apple would call us within 3 days to discuss our 2013 Apps, but we have not yet heard from anyone. We sent another message to Apple a few days ago about the importance of getting these releases out in a timely manner, but still have not heard back.

The arbitrary and capricious nature of Apple’s review process is making it impossible for us to do business and support our customers.  We still hope that this can be resolved and that Apple will in fact get back to us, but having our apps sit in limbo for a month or more does not help anybody.

So that we would not be completely dependent on the changing whims of one reviewer or another at Apple in 2012 we decided to create Android releases of our apps as well.  The good news here is that we decide what to release and when to release it, and the customer decides if it will be a successful product or not.  There isn’t someone like an Apple Reviewer getting in between us and our customers arbitrarily keeping our customers from getting new releases that they want to have.

While we still hope to hear back from Apple and to be able to resolve this,  if you would like timely releases and updates of our apps, please be aware that an Android tablet or phone is an option.

2013 California Apps now on Android!

The first of our 2013 California Statute Apps are now available for Android!  We have just released:

Other titles for California will be available soon.  As with our other Android releases, we are discounting the prices on these apps until the end of January.

Where are the 2013 iOS Apps?

We have started receiving questions about where our 2013 Apps for the iPhone/iPad are.  For iOS releases we need to go through Apple’s review process.  After approving the first of our 2013 Releases for iOS last month, Apple has started rejecting our other 2013 Apps as “Spam” and is refusing to publish them.  We are trying to resolve this with Apple to get our apps published, but things are going slowly.  We will be putting up more details and updates on the situation with Apple in the next few days.

Texas Apps Now On Android!

We have just published our Texas Apps on Android.  All of these apps are are current with the 82nd Legislature and are available in the Google Play Store now.  To help introduce our Android releases, we are discounting the prices on these apps until the end of January.