updated 09:45 am EDT, Fri May 14, 2010
App makes move to jailbroken devices
After some waiting, Apple has formally rejected Wi-Fi Sync from the App Store. The title allows an iPhone or iPod touch to sync files without a USB connection, making the process significantly more convenient. Developer Greg Hughes has claimed that the app is designed to avoid third-party APIs and any other limits imposed by Apple, a factor which initially raised hopes that it might be allowed on sale.
Following the rejection, Hughes says he contacted an Apple representative over the phone. "While he agreed that the app doesn't technically break the rules," the developer mentions, "he said that it does encroach upon the boundaries of what they can and cannot allow on their store. He also cited security concerns." Apple has generally frowned on alternate syncing methods involving its own software. Several iTunes updates, for example, have broken sync with the Palm Pre.
Wi-Fi Sync is instead being sold through Cydia, an unofficial distribution system. It costs $10, and requires a jailbroken Apple handheld.