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  • Developer “Shocked” to Learn His Rejected App Now a Feature of iOS 5


    The jailbreak community routinely develops apps and other iOS enhancements that Apple either can’t or won’t come out with on their own. Sometimes, however, Apple does get inspiration from the jailbreak community and releases new features eerily similar to those first found in the Cydia online store. UK jailbreak developer Greg Hughes has now had a first hand experience with this phenomenon. When Apple unveiled iOS 5 earlier this week at the WWDC, he was quite surprise to find Wi-Fi Sync included as a new feature.

    Now you may be thinking that Apple was bound to come out with this feature sooner or later. However, Greg Hughes submitted an app called Wi-Fi Sync to the app store about a year ago. “I'd been selling my app with that name and icon for at least a year. Apple knew that, as I'd submitted it to them, so it was surprising to see that.”

    It was quickly rejected because of Apple’s claim that it violated the terms of the iPhone SDK. Apple representative did call him personally, however, to inform him of their decision.

    According to Mr. Hughes, "They did say that the iPhone engineering team had looked at it and were impressed. They asked for my CV (resume) as well." Since Wi-Fi Sync’s rejection from the App Store, Greg has sold more than 50,000 copies at $9.99 through the Cydia store.

    If you look at the two apps side by side, it’s easy to see why Mr. Hughes was "shocked" when he found out about it. Not only do both apps offer the same features, but the icons are remarkably similar as well.

    Would Apple have eventually come out with Wi-Fi Syncing. More than likely. Is this a bitter pill to swallow for the developer who first introduced this feature? Absolutely. I wonder what jailbreak features Apple will be inspired to include with next major iOS update?

    Source: Gizmodo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Developer “Shocked” to Learn His Rejected App Now a Feature of iOS 5 started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 74 Comments
    1. g12007's Avatar
      g12007 -
      thats bs
    1. Gamemaster77's Avatar
      Gamemaster77 -
      I'm pretty sure he can at least sue for the graphic, probably not the whole thing though (unless they stole his code)
    1. virtualcappy's Avatar
      virtualcappy -
      The guys a jerk. Stole my 10 bucks, the app never worked, and he doesn't respond to customer service email. Really ticks me off he's getting this press for a BS app that's already making him ill-gotten money.

      Screw him.

      DO NOT BUY THIS APP!
    1. trek-life's Avatar
      trek-life -
      WiFi Sync worked perfectly fine for me with no issues at all
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      They should of at least employed him first before they bent him over with no lube...
    1. KeatonDodd's Avatar
      KeatonDodd -
      yea i'm sure apple plans everything they do well in advance. they really know how to balance and spread everything out. that being said, it is ********. Jailbreak fo' life!
    1. epignosis567's Avatar
      epignosis567 -
      i've said it every update. apple's only worthwhile "innovation" is stolen from the jb community.

      and yeah, why can't this guy sue? it's obvious infringement.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Well thats a **** move of Apple. At least what apple should do since a lot of his business is gone is hire him.
    1. CONVBMW's Avatar
      CONVBMW -
      Quote Originally Posted by snowdweller View Post
      Can he not sue for plagiarism? An idea he came up with and implemented into a paid product is now a free product with the same icon through apple.
      Depending on the agreement that he signed when he submitted the app, he might be able to go after then for theft of intellectual property. I have never read the agreement but it might say that "you are S.O.L. if we decide to use your idea".
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Classic
    1. Obaid03's Avatar
      Obaid03 -
      Hmm,Cant u guys See apple's reply.. They said that they looked "had looked at it and were impressed" Of course the looked at the code, He is not a idiot to get shocked on the similar icon n stuff, that line was a funny thing.. Who can stop apple from even copying the code,or similar things? A big Giant n a common man.
    1. christopherjason's Avatar
      christopherjason -
      Point less to sue apple they will win it. even tho he did make it,
    1. diegopetrucci's Avatar
      diegopetrucci -
      Quote Originally Posted by teej1410 View Post
      Well thats a **** move of Apple. At least what apple should do since a lot of his business is gone is hire him.
      They've always done stuff like this, and always will. Like any other multi-billion dollar corporation.
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      I doubt he can sue. What about the image correcting apps? Since the camera app now has filters and red eye reduction, these developers will certainly lose revenue. I'm sure that somewhere buried in the million page developer agreement is a clause where Apple may integrate part or all of one's app into the firmware. Now, as far as the icon, that is a little messed up. I'd be upset that Apple couldn't "think different" in that respect. It was inevitable that WiFi syncing would come along. Also, I doubt that the code is line for line the same. Either way, he probably doesn't have a leg to stand on. Also, he has sold 50,000 copies, at $10 a pop. With fees and what not taken out, that is still a crap ton of money from one app...
    1. ensigma's Avatar
      ensigma -
      If it was the other way around, apple would definitely sue or at least attempt to.. Time to lawyer up, wait for iOS 5 to come out, and build a case.
    1. fishbone's Avatar
      fishbone -
      IMHO, this developer should be glad to have the chance to make half million bucks for selling an overpriced app that relies on Apple's platform(without paying), that carries a function that Apple was planning to release from day one. Stop crying and go make something really new and groundbreaking.
    1. jasvncnt10's Avatar
      jasvncnt10 -
      F Apple! Good for him for going through Cydia and making some $$
    1. Johnboy00's Avatar
      Johnboy00 -
      Funny how so many people criticize Apple for suing to protect its ideas, which are legally protected by patents, trademarks, and/or copyrights. Then, when the shoe's on the other foot, and there's no legal protection (no patent), people say Apple should be sued.
    1. rdwalsh's Avatar
      rdwalsh -
      Quote Originally Posted by snowdweller View Post
      Can he not sue for plagiarism? An idea he came up with and implemented into a paid product is now a free product with the same icon through apple.
      If he didn't patent the idea... then unfortunately he would have a tough time with anything. If the logo isn't trademarked, again, tough time.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      I see no reason for shock. Apple asked Cisco if they would release the rights to the word iPhone and Cisco said no so Apple decided they would simply name it iPhone anyway and take the lawsuit. That's against a company MUCH bigger than Apple....... and you're surprised they did it to a nobody dev? I think not.

      Quote Originally Posted by rdwalsh View Post
      If he didn't patent the idea... then unfortunately he would have a tough time with anything. If the logo isn't trademarked, again, tough time.
      does not matter regardless. He is in the UK, Apple is in the US.