Is it possible to pass the TestFlight review process and then fail the App Store review process with the same build?

In other words, if my build successfully passes the TestFlight review process, is it re-reviewed with more stringent requirements before being accepted into the App Store?

  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because asking how/why Apple does something is outside the scope of what can be asked as defined in the Help Center.
    – Allan
    Commented Oct 5, 2018 at 14:37
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    @Allan I disagree with the closure vote. The OP's question is it possible to pass a TF review but fail the AS review. It's not, in my view, asking how the reviews are done. I think I provided the correct answer to that specific question.
    – fsb
    Commented Oct 5, 2018 at 14:55
  • @fsb - it's off topic because of the very first sentence: can I be sure that it will pass.... Only Apple can answer that question and as such, should be directed to Apple.
    – Allan
    Commented Oct 5, 2018 at 15:16
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    @Allan I will edit the question. fsb's answer was what I needed to know.
    – CFL_Jeff
    Commented Oct 5, 2018 at 15:19
  • @Allan I can see that. CFL_Jeff, can you edit your question to address Allan's point? That will help ensure the question isn't closed and it could help others, also.
    – fsb
    Commented Oct 5, 2018 at 15:20

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Yes, because the TestFlight review is not as thorough or complete.

The assumption (based on what I've seen over a few years as a developer) is that builds in TF are still in development and things can change. It's not a slam-dunk that builds will be accepted into TF because they do some review on them.

For the AppStore, a full review is performed again as if you didn't do TestFlight. I'm guessing they review any notes from the TF team but I don't have proof of that.

So yes, it's possible to be in TF and then fail the AppStore review. It’s also possible for the opposite to happen, you could struggle more in TF review and then breeze through the store process.

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