Shame is the only word that comes to my mind right now. Apple purportedly stole the concept, app, and even the logo (heck…!!!!) from an app that it pulled down from the App Store last year, only to incorporate it as a new feature in the iOS5. Shame again…!!!!
According to the Telegraph:”
The company allegedly released an app with the same functions, a near-identical logo and the same name, a year after telling the developer that his app was rejected for “security concerns” and for doing things outside the official software development kit’s limits.
Greg Hughes, a third year computer science student at the University of Birmingham, developed an application called “Wi-Fi Sync” and offered it to Apple’s App Store in May 2010. The app was designed to sync iTunes libraries with iPhones over a wireless wireless network rather than via a USB connector.
After the App Store rejected his submission Mr Hughes put his app up for sale on the Cydia store, a rival to the App Store which sells software for “jailbroken” iPhones – devices which have had the usage limitations imposed by Apple removed. The app, priced at $9.99 (£6.07), has become one of Cydia’s top products, selling more than 50,000 copies since its release.
But this Monday, Apple unveiled its new iPhone operating system, iOS 5, with an inbuilt feature also called Wi-Fi Sync, which carries out the same wireless syncing function. It also has a very similar logo
Well this was a shocking one for Greg and he immediately sought legal advise. He is currently undergoing a difficult cyclic procedure called exams and is determined to take this matter up post his exams.
Before his app was rejected, he received a call from an App Store employee who told him that his app was fantastic but it had violated some of the principles laid down by Apple. He even invited him to join Apple once he completes graduation.
But this act is another big blot on Apple for not being innovative enough, stealing other peoples’ hard work and branding it as it’s own…..!!
What do you think about this incident??