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Friday, 10 June 2011 10:36

Apple stole kid's iPhone app

Written by Nick Farell
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Like candy from a baby
Apple told a developer that his software was insecure and cannot be put in its App store. Then Jobs' Mob copied it and pretended it sprang from the genius of Apple. In this case, it nicked the app from a young developer who was unlikely to be able to afford a lawyer.

Greg Hughes, who is in his  third year at the University of Birmingham, penned an application called "Wi-Fi Sync" which can sync iTunes libraries with iPhones over a wireless wireless network rather than via a USB connector. He sent it into Apple's App Store in May 2010 but was told that it was rejected for  "security concerns" and for doing things that Steve Jobs' says should not be done.

Hughes flogged the app on the Cydia store, a rival to the App Store which sells software for "jailbroken" iPhones. On sale for £6.07, has become one of Cydia's top products, selling more than 50,000 copies since its release.

But a year after saying no to the app,  Apple released software  with the same functions, a near-identical logo and the same name. Hughes told the Telegraph that he was completely shocked when Steve Jobs proudly showed off the inbuilt feature also called Wi-Fi Sync, which he wrote.

Before his app was rejected, Hughes had a call from an App Store representative called Steve Rea, who said the iPhone engineering team had looked at it and were quite impressed. They told him to send in his CV after he graduated.

We should point out that Apple tends to be quite aggressive when it thinks that people have been stealing its designs. It has hamstrung its long running partnership with Samsung because the outfit used Android technology which Jobs' Mob believes it invented.

Hughes is apparently doing his exams at the moment, but said he is talking to his lawyers.


Last modified on Friday, 10 June 2011 13:06
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+73 #1 fingerbob69 2011-06-10 11:29
I hope Mr Hughes successfully sues the fruit flavoured gits back into the stone age...

...or atleast for an obscenely huge sum of dollar$.
 
 
+58 #2 Fud_u 2011-06-10 11:36
"They told him to send in his CV after he graduated."

I think what they meant was. Go to a law school, graduate, and then sue us. I mean, why would you want a job at Apple when you can get millions.
 
 
+45 #3 PorscheRacer14 2011-06-10 12:15
Steve Jobs and company started out stealing, stole from Xerox later on so this sounds par for the course unfortunately.

If you have an iPhone though, is this going to stop you from using that app based on moral grounds? Probably not... That's the sad part.
 
 
+37 #4 yasin 2011-06-10 12:17
Its shocking but not surprising that Apple did this, and that is the greatest shame.
 
 
+41 #5 STRESS 2011-06-10 12:36
I see Job and his mob still follow the old philosophy: Good artists copy, great artists steal. Nothing new considering everything from Apple was stolen from Xerox Parc back in the days
 
 
+47 #6 sidje 2011-06-10 13:08
Quoting Fud_u:
"They told him to send in his CV after he graduated."

I think what they meant was. Go to a law school, graduate, and then sue us. I mean, why would you want a job at Apple when you can get millions.





I bet they would have hired him on the spot if he said that he stole the app from someone else to begin with...
 
 
+12 #7 pogsnet 2011-06-10 15:15
Then this proves that Apple has now become like Microsoft, copying small timers' work and make it their own.

Huge companies has become more greedier as they become big.
 
 
+11 #8 ThERipPeR 2011-06-12 14:40
what a bunch of F**KS, i hope apple gits raped violently by Chuck Norris for stealing from a kid and a student for that matter.
 
 
+3 #9 romulous 2011-06-14 10:23
I'll never buy any apple products if this is how they carry on (I don't have any now either). It's very sad if the modern world comes down to who's got the biggest stick. Nothing really has changed in thousands of years :-?
 

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