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Apple Rips Off Rejected App, Says Wireless Sync Developer 549

Posted by timothy
from the excuse-me-were-you-using-that-app-and-logo dept.
Haedrian writes "Apple is famous for going to absurd lengths to enforce its patents and trademarks. It recently sued Amazon for calling its app store Appstore. And it has publicly lectured competitors to 'create their own original technology, not steal ours.' Last year, UK developer Greg Hughes submitted an app for wirelessly syncing iPhones with iTunes libraries, which was rejected from the official App Store. Fast forward to Monday, when Apple unveiled a set of new features for the upcoming iOS 5, including the same wireless-syncing functionality. Cupertino wasn't even subtle about the appropriation, using the precise name and a near-identical logo to market the technology."
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Apple Rips Off Rejected App, Says Wireless Sync Developer

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  • by rampant mac (561036) on Friday June 10, 2011 @01:13AM (#36396996)

    "Secondly, the logo combines the wireless logo (which is standard and is not an invention of this student) with the sync logo (two arrows round a circle) which is again standard and predates this student's app.

    Someone trolled "fanboi" but let's take a look at that logo...

    Hmm, Apple Airport - released in 1999 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AirPort). Note that wireless icon there, it looks rather familiar, eh? If you click the picture, you'll note the original picture was uploaded in April 2007 (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/archive/a/a0/20110415032314%21Connectwaves_20070109.png), months before the iPhone was released.

    Might just be a coincidence, right?

    Well, what about iSync? Uses the icon as depicted here [wikipedia.org]. Looks familiar too! It's only been in use since 2003, so his "original" artwork is obviously compromised.

    Damn, dirty Apple and their stealing of their icons!

  • by Belial6 (794905) on Friday June 10, 2011 @02:07AM (#36397274)
    Microsoft didn't have a monopoly on the operating system market. The had a monopoly on the very narrowly defined consumer desktop OS market. By the same token, Apple has a monopoly on the iOS market.
  • by Noughmad (1044096) <miha.cancula@gmail.com> on Friday June 10, 2011 @04:55AM (#36397890) Homepage

    That's enough. I, personally, submitted a feedback request to Apple FOUR YEARS AGO requesting Wireless Synchronization for my very first iPhone.

    So... iOS 5 was your idea?

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