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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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  • Firstly, Apple may have rejected the app precisely because they were already developing the technology for iOS5 and knew that a syncing app would be redundant when iOS5 came out (and may have got into more trouble by allowing the app and then bringing out wireless sync technology in iOS5 when an app already provided the functionality.) Also, a third party app is not the place for this technology: it should be embedded in iOS5 as Apple are doing. 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. Combining the two in the obvious way makes sense and it is hard to think of a better way of doing it. Again, Apple may have been developing this in house before this app and thus were right to reject it as they would an app that duplicates current built in functionality of iOS.
  • Re:OMG, no. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by lwsimon (724555) <lyndsy@lyndsysimon.com> on Friday June 10, 2011 @12:54AM (#36396920) Homepage Journal

    He goes on to say that they specifically told him that the Apple dev team looked at his app and were impressed.

    Last I checked, that would make this a derivative work.

  • Re:Violate the TOS? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by msauve (701917) on Friday June 10, 2011 @01:08AM (#36396974)
    Didn't Microsoft lose an anti-trust suit (2002) for using undocumented Windows APIs to their own advantage against independent developers? Why should Apple be different?
  • by im_thatoneguy (819432) on Friday June 10, 2011 @01:45AM (#36397156)

    They did ask for his resume when they rejected his app.

    The whole thing is ridiculous. I'm a huge Apple hater but only because usually it's Apple claiming this nonsense *cough app store* but it's clearly an obvious idea that iPhones competitors already do. And his logo is just a composition of the universal icons for Sync and Wifi. (Then again his logo is substantially more legible, so bravo to him)

    And I'm sure he used some interesting and impressive hacks to trick the iphone into wirelessly syncing. Apple has no need to do that, they can just add APIs directly to the OS so there is no need to steal his code.

    Furthermore, even the developer doesn't seem to care.

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