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Images of iPhone App Store leaked?

updated 09:20 am EDT, Mon March 24, 2008

App Store images leaked?

Apple may have inadvertently revealed ongoing testing of the App Store for the iPhone and the iPod touch, a popular hacking site claims. One contributor notes that while experimenting recently with the v2.0 firmware, he inadvertently managed to enter the App Store, instead of receiving the normal "cannot connect" message. Found inside were two web applications, including the well-known iPhone version of Facebook; it is speculated that Apple is doing live testing of the Store, and using placeholders in advance of the first truly native applications.

Also observed in the Store were a five-star ratings system, and a series of navigation buttons which mimic those of the current Wi-Fi Music Store. As with its sibling, visitors to the App Store can browse featured apps, the top 50, or specific keywords; apps are further divided into genres, such as "Business" or "Blogs & Forums." Each program may also receive a unique icon, though these are not visible at the moment.






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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    OMG!

    I can't believe it! Look at that interface! It's like, well, exactly what anyone would figure it would look like. But, I don't know. Taking such images and stuff, and then leaping into speculation territory that Apple is doing 'live' testing. Well, that's just a reach. Such amateurs. They should leave the speculation to the pros (like stock analysts).

    What they're most likely doing is opening the store to each and every current developer, but one at a time, to see who spreads out pictures. That way they can revoke their certificate.

    That sounds more like Apple.

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    leave...

    ...leave immediatly. Do not pay attention to that stuff behind the curtain. You have entered the Apple Zone!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Get a Real Life

    testudo - do you even do anything productive or just sit in front of a screen and sarcastically comment on other people's efforts?

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: omg!

    "It's like, well, exactly what anyone would figure it would look like."

    No, I would not have imagined anything that ugly. I'd be surprise if it's real.

  1. ShALLaX

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    high five

    Testudo is absolutely right (though in a somewhat hypocritical way - since he ends his post with speculation)... Not only is this non-news, it's also at least a day late. MacNN has been slipping lately. They still havent posted about the Cambridge store I tipped them off about a while ago, yet they posted about a Liverpool store...

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    2.0 Jailbroken?

    I didn't realize 2.0 was jailbroken already. If it isn't, then, that's a pretty nice mock-up of the App Store on a T-Mobile jailbroken iPnone, I guess.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: 2.0 jailbroken

    I thought jailbreaking was needed to install apps, but using it with another carrier was something completely different.

  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Poor testudo

    Comes up with a clever idea, and gets pounced on...

    Think about it: Apple's totally nuts about keeping things under wraps. This doesn't sound like a bad way to ferret out leakers - give beta testers access to the "App Store" one at a time, give each of them a default screen with unique identifiers (# of apps, # of reviews) and then when a shot leaks out, they know who did the leaking.

    Sounds anal-retentive as all get out, but if anyone's capable of it, it's Apple :)

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    wrong

    testudo is not pounced on for his speculation, he's pounced on for trashing someone else's speculation before offering his. the only difference is that he didn't post pictures. it's his mo, his raison d'etre. put down then describe his way of doing it, like his can't stand on it's own, another has to be trashed first.

  1. driven

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    T-Mobile?

    If this is a north American iPhone then Apple is likely to be less than pleased with the "T-Mobile" banner more than the leaked screen shots.

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