iChatr Update Rejected

We had submitted an update to iChatr early last month to try and address the issue that had caused it to be removed from the App Store shortly after its release. The update was rejected earlier this week, and Apple’s newly-published App Store Review Guidelines seem to contain the reason why:

Apps that contain user generated content that is frequently pornographic (ex “Chat Roulette” apps) will be rejected.

Since iChatr cannot exist in its current state on the App Store we are going to be taking the servers offline while we try to determine possible ways to repurpose its technology.

UPDATE : We have brought the servers back online for the time being to conduct a more thorough test of the technology.

70 Responses to “iChatr Update Rejected”

  1. Feross says:

    My ichatr is working. I think I did ichatr at 12 today and after that it wouldn’t load. I’m confused

  2. misty says:

    noooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Robert says:

    Why take the servers offline? Why not just have this app on Installous/Rock/Cydia? This app seemed to be popular enough! I’ve actually chatted with some people and met some very nice people on it… It was fun!

  4. Feross says:

    Please put it back online.

  5. Fud says:

    Please turn your servers back on. Why not sell it as a paid app on cydia???

  6. admin says:

    Releasing iChatr on Cydia would be a violation of our iOS Developer Program License Agreement with Apple, and we do not want to risk the possibility of our other App Store applications being removed as well.

  7. Sad says:

    So sad… I was still using iChatr, that would be so nice to put the servers back on while you are working on the problem.

  8. freenet_de says:

    I get always the message connection time out why?

  9. Len W says:

    To concede to apple when Cyrus would work is foolish endeavor. Please reactivate servers so all can use it.

  10. Len W says:

    Should have read as cydia

  11. Y o P says:

    Please put it back online !!! Don t let Apple tell us chat to do and think ! Freedom

  12. Brian says:

    Thats disappointing!

  13. Brian says:

    Well hopefully someones smart and makes an app for cydia that is like ichatr. This time hopefully they are smarter then to think they can go thru panties in a bunch apple.

  14. Philip says:

    Honestly just release it in cydia under a different alias and different app name…

  15. James Chea says:

    Please put the service back on while you come up with a resolution. There are lots of people that are using it and I can’t understand why you needed to take it down in the meantime. I am having withdrawal already lol

  16. Joe says:

    I agree! Please put it back on it was awesome!!!!!

  17. admin says:

    UPDATE: We have brought the servers back online for the time being to conduct a more thorough test of the technology.

  18. Richard says:


  19. Well... says:

    Thank you !

  20. Joe says:

    Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thx a LOT’ :)

  21. Jake says:

    Is ther any possible way for me to download the app even though its not on the app store??? It sounds so interesting and I wud love to have it as an application for my iPhone,,, !!!

  22. So, doesn’t FaceTime have user generated content? And who is stopping people from being pornographic on FaceTime? They are getting a bit ridiculous.

  23. Iphonex says:

    Are the servers down again?

  24. iPhone4 says:

    Google for it ;) you will find it pretty easily. I just found it and installed it.

  25. Bob says:

    iChatr is only full of middle aged man getting their dangley bits out ,why would anyone want that?

  26. Alex says:

    Ichatr also works on the Iphone 3gs, you can use it as facetime, it works, I tested it with my old Iphone 3gs and my new Iphone 4. In less than one minute I had a connection…after seeing at least 5 guys jerking off!!

  27. Mono says:

    Make people download the app free on the web

  28. Cory says:

    @Bob Well if it were still on the App store, it’s possible more … not-middle-aged-wanky-men would’ve had a chance to download it ;)

  29. Mizho says:

    You guys gotta sell the app to another company. It’s the only way to make it survive.

  30. Mizho says:

    I mean, becasue others are allowed to put it on cydia.

  31. iGolf says:

    How do I get this onto a Jailbroken 3gs. iTunes won’t install saying it is not compatible. Also, has anyone had any success over 3G. I am using 3G Emulator and can’t seem to get it to work.

  32. John says:

    Here guys. Work on iPhone 3GS too.

  33. Phil says:


    Is it possible to develop a Web based chatroulette using html5 or something?? it would Be a web-app

  34. luis says:

    It’s possible to get a unique identifier (UDID) the iPhone/iPod/iPad, why not warn users of ban action if wrong behavior is detected and then just add a button in the app so that anyone can signal bad behavior. The server just needs to save some shots of each video streaming for a minimum amount of time so that if someone signals bad behavior you can check if it’s true…
    Just an idea :P

  35. admin says:

    @luis – That was essentially what we developed in version 1.1, but Apple still rejected it, assumedly as per their App Store Review Guidelines.

  36. oldy says:

    Apple Store its a crap!!! Are you thinking to release stand alone updates for iChatr? Would be nice! :) thanks!

  37. Greg says:

    Is it offline again or is mine broken?

  38. George says:

    Why does it not connect on certain types of wifi?

  39. admin says:

    @George – iChatr uses UDP to communicate, so if a WiFi network blocks UDP (or is more restrictive than most) then iChatr won’t be able to connect.

  40. isaac says:

    i tried installing it into my ipod but it says it is not compatible, can somebody help me please?!?

  41. Len W says:

    Is ichatr still functioning. Can not get on since Tuesday.

  42. admin says:

    Yes, the server is still running for the time being.

  43. Sam says:

    If u want somethinq similar to ichatr, go to google & put facelette . It works just like chatroulette.

  44. isaac says:

    i wanted to install it into my ipod but it says it is not compatible, what do i do?

  45. mike says:

    is ichatr still online? i cant connect since yesterday…maybe the took the servers down???????

  46. Jim says:

    Did the iOS 4.3 update break ichatr? I receive video and audio ok, but the image from my camera is black. Also, I can change chats by swiping my black image. Anyone else??

  47. Y o P says:

    Jim, same problem for me with OS 4.3. I am going to leave apple. Viva google :)

  48. Pantera says:


    iChatr stopped working upon installing iOS 4.3 for me as well. Was hoping there was a way to fix but I’m afraid there probably won’t be… who knows though.

    I’m sure Apple did it intentionally.

  49. Len W says:

    Same blackout of my image on 4.3.1. Any way to combat this issue without jailbreaking phone.

  50. George says:

    The fact people are screening my picture to other people is disgusting.