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Apple has unexpectedly removed a number of utility apps that detect WiFi networks, and even the developers of those apps are unclear as to the reason why Apple suddenly finds...
03-04-2010, 04:40 PM #1
Apple Pulls All WiFi Stumblers from App Store
Apple has unexpectedly removed a number of utility apps that detect WiFi networks, and even the developers of those apps are unclear as to the reason why Apple suddenly finds them so unacceptable. According to a report in Softpedia, WiFi stumblers like WifiTrak, WiFiFoFum, yFy Network Finder, WiFi Get, eWifi, and WiFi Analyzer vanished from the App Store overnight. The reason given was that the apps were using a "private framework," though details on this weren't provided. A developer at one of the companies affected said that they would pursue re-releasing the app on Cydia.
A framework is a directory of resources inside the iPhone SDK that devs link to in order to build apps. Because it's a shared resource, multiple applications can reuse code without having to build it from scratch. However, not all the functionality that devs want are available in the native frameworks. The rub, though, is that Apple prohibits the use of third-party frameworks on the iPhone, which is apparently (at least according to Apple) the rule these apps fell afoul of.
A developer with the username of "codemonkey57" posted on the Three Jacks Software company blog about a "a very unfortunate email" they had gotten from Cupertino saying that their WiFi-Where app had been dropped. "WiFi-Where has been removed from sale on the App Store for using private frameworks to access wireless information," the message reportedly read. The developer expressed the hope that the same functionality of the unnamed private framework would be made available in a future release of the SDK.
The developer observed with some understandable frustration how Apple chose to remove "very handy, very useful apps" when there are "many useless gimick apps" on the App Store. They have not given up, though: they will keep making WiFi-Where, and - in a clear challenge to Apple - note that their "only option [will be] to look to the jailbreak market on Cydia."
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03-04-2010, 04:55 PM #2
Has anyone else noticed that Apple is always doing SOMETHING, how many employees do they have do they got someone specializing in every category
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03-04-2010, 05:02 PM #3
Damn glad i got eWiFi before this happened! Lol these WiFi apps help ALOT and i discovered about 20 hidden networks in my school that have full internet access with no password needed !
03-04-2010, 05:28 PM #4
I've always wondered, is there any point to these stumblers? I mean, when you turn on Wi-Fi, can't you see a list of available networks anyways? I have 6GB of data a month so I don't bother with Wi-Fi, so sorry if I'm sounding ignorant.
03-04-2010, 05:46 PM #5
I find wifitrak infinitely useful. It will indicate if the AP is open and try to connect. It also shows strength.
03-04-2010, 05:51 PM #6
Apple better watch thier step. Plenty of other phones are quickly catching up to the iPhone in functionality and when a equal repacement is available without Big Brother Apple trying to control our data lives. we will disappear like a drop of water on a hot skillet.
03-04-2010, 06:16 PM #7
At least some of the useless apps are now gone...
Since when Mario started working for Apple!Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
03-04-2010, 07:06 PM #8
i never saw the point to those apps at all...
03-04-2010, 07:27 PM #9
These WiFi apps will certainly be welcome in the Cydia store.
03-04-2010, 07:28 PM #10
03-04-2010, 08:02 PM #11
Lol now we know that "improved wifi signal" is gonna be the next big hype that apple makes a big deal out of in the 3.2 firmware by elimating all competition to disprove that theyre actually doing nothing and just making people think they have better wifi and make a big deal about it.... I remember a similar thing concerning AT&Ts 3g... lol I never remember a time when I got 2 or 3 bars of 3g on at&t... its always 0 1 or full
03-04-2010, 08:03 PM #12Developers are always in Jail!!
iPhone OS is a nice platform to work on it but developers are like always in Jail. We are asking for include wifi API to iPhone SDK from last May,2009 in apple forum and bug report. But they have no clear response regrading that.
Is Apple have any other plan regarding that?
Removing all this popular app including eWiFi is not a good attitude to developers.
03-05-2010, 07:35 AM #13
03-05-2010, 11:28 AM #14
why does Apple always do something like this? do they sit there and randomly go "hey, lets remove this and then that" WTF?
03-06-2010, 02:54 AM #15
iPhone - Jailbreak = Dumb-phone!
03-06-2010, 08:04 PM #16
03-06-2010, 11:17 PM #17
these apps are so redundently unnecessary. your iphone automatically stumbles onto networks and a popup shows you when it finds one. anyone who has paid for one of these apps or even downloaded a free one....well do i really need to say it.killall Terminal