Day 16th: Checking my email... hit refresh couple of times just to be sure - no new messages from Apple! ...login to iTunes Connect (the site for developers)... hit refresh - again, no change! sigh... log off, log in, and check again - still nothing!
This has been my routine for the past week. Usually I'm doing that several times a day, and every day I hope that today will be the day my update be approved, and yet every day I check and see that nothing has changed. This is the same image I've been seeing for the past 2 weeks:
There used to be a time when it took no more than 7 days for apps to be approved (or that was my experience), but it seems that time is long gone. I've tried sending an email to Apple, explaining that the changes I made were so tiny (around 10 lines of code + updating external libraries), that there shouldn't be a reason for the review process to take so long, and emphasized how crucial this update is to any user who's running my app on a device with the new firmware. I only got a canned response that didn't really shed any light on the whole thing.
I know I'm not the only one who experience these long review times, and this is sadly not uncommon to read very long threads of the frustration of developers about the whole review process, but it just keeps me in this stressful state that I had to write something about it...
Hopefully my next post would be to announce the availability of the new update... and hopefully it wouldn't be so far away.