Apple Rejects iPhone Wifi-Sync App

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Apple has rejected an app that would have allowed you to sync your iPhone or iPod touch to iTunes over a WiFi network, according to the developer who made the app. According to a CNet report, the developer was told by Apple that it was rejected, but that it didn’t technically violate the existing rules for the App Store.

The developer note sent to CNet:

Wi-Fi Sync was rejected by Apple, and will therefore not appear on the official App Store. I’m obviously disappointed by their decision, but being a student I have neither the time nor the resources to pursue the matter further. It’s clear that Apple [has] the final say on which apps are deemed acceptable for their customers.

A representative of Apple has explained their decision to me over the phone, which I am grateful for. While he agreed that the app doesn’t technically break the rules, he said it does encroach upon the boundaries of what they can and cannot allow on their store. He also cited security concerns.

The app is, however, available on Cydia for US$9.99. Cydia is the app store for jailbroken iPhones. WiFi Sync requires a free companion app for your Mac in order to work. According to the app’s Web page, a Windows version of the companion app will be available in “8 to 10 weeks’ time.”

Below is a video Mr. Hughes released on YouTube showing the software at work.

WiFi Sync iPhone app video

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I would guess Apple’s going to include it with version 4 of the OS. There’s no reason legal/technical/functional that would keep it out of the next release.


said it does encroach upon the boundaries of what they can and cannot allow on their store

Sorry but that sounds a bit weasely to me.
I hope you’re right and this is included in the next OS. Otherwise it smells. Not only do developers need to worry about violating the rules but even “encroaching on the boundaries” whatever that means.

Not cool.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

It hasn’t been cool since the South Park app was rejected. Open your eyes.

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