War chalking with iPhone? There’s no Apps for that…

Apple has ceded a second content category to Google’s Android developers even while the contest between the two firms becomes more intense.

Today’s slice of weird news from the App Store disapprovals team is that Apple is pulling WiFi stumbling apps from the store – you know, the Apps which find and name locally operational open and closed wireless networks.

“We received a very unfortunate email today from Apple stating that WiFi-Where has been removed from sale on the App Store for using private frameworks to access wireless information,” the developer of WiFi-Where says.

“It also appears that all other competing WiFi enabled apps have been removed as well. This is very unfortunate as the past 2-3 months have seen a handful of new WiFi apps get approved. Hopefully Apple will allow this functionality in a future SDK,” the developer concludes.

So there’s a second market to help stoke the coming Android App gold rush – WiFi finders for downloading stuff on open wireless networks, and adult apps to help you find stuff to download.

Via: Softpedia

3 thoughts on “War chalking with iPhone? There’s no Apps for that…

  1. AdamC

    Good for the android developers, here’s to you making loads of money with porn and wi fi apps.

  2. Joe

    As usual, the commenter mis-states things in a feeble attempt to make Distorted look bad.

    Apple rejected these apps because they use private APIs – a process which has been forbidden since the start of iPhone apps. Yes, some of them got through earlier, but Apple must have updated its scanning tools.

    Frankly, I applaud Apple. They’ve created an ecosystem where things work well together. I can pick up a system running iPhoneOS and know it will work – and exactly how it’s going to work. No worries about incompatibilities. No worries about security problems. No worries about apps crashing the system. No worries about every app behaving differently. It’s a smooth, elegant system and they maintain it by enforcing their developer rules.

    Developers who create useful apps are making millions of dollars on the App Store. If a developer doesn’t want to follow the rules, Apple doesn’t need them. It’s that simple.

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