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Apple rejects Wi-Fi Sync from App Store

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. panjandrum

    Joined: Dec 1969



    More and more Apple is tempting me to jailbreak my iPhone. It seems counter-productive of Apple to alienate users by preventing them from using Apps. It is also counter-productive to specifically alienate power-users since power-users tend to be the people other people go to for buying advice. And yes, Apple, each time I see this type of behavior I become more and more reluctant to recommend your products. Apple makes a lot of excellent products, but they do need to learn that ultimately the consumer has to have control of the product they purchased.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Doesn't break the rules?

    "While he agreed that the app doesn't technically break the rules," the developer mentions"

    I don't buy that, even if the Apple rep said it. Something has to make the iPhone broadcast itself as a device that can be synchronized over WiFi - and there's no public API method to do that.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good Feature

    Wi-Fi Sync sounds like great, no-brainer feature!
    Hopefully Apple is planning to ad this to iOS 4!!!

    It's shame that a few high-profile rejections like this sour users' view of Apple.

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "It seems counter-productive of Apple to alienate users by preventing them from using Apps."

    While I understand you point, I just like my apps and phone to work. I currently trust Apple to error on the safe side. I would rather them be conservative than risk viruses just to allow you to run some odd app.

    My son jailbroke his phone. He is happy with it. Just barely so. But then again, he has all day to play with making it work.

    Just a thought,

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    another develop whine

    You "knew" the rules going in, don't be disappointed.

    The consumer DOES have control, buy something from someone else... say Android, they don't seem to care. Getting a "jailbroken" phone is a threat... and you know how that usually works.

    You have to analyze "outcomes" and hope you are right much of the time. Apple believes, and I think they ardently believe, that going through iTunes, etc. is best for their customers, not A customer/developer. Because if and when (most likely "when") the S--- hits the fan, they will be in a better position to solve or avoid the problem than someone who uses Android or a jailbroken phone and saying to themselves "What Happened?"

    Over 200,000 apps. are now available. I'd hardly call that "no choice." It's just whining.

  1. rmansfield

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I bet... just means Apple is going to eventually offer the same thing.

  1. David Esrati

    Joined: Dec 1969


    There are programs that do this

    Studiometry from has this functionality- but- I've had many crashes with the program since the initial sync.
    Seems like a dumb move by Apple.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Whining again...

    Does Apple somehow think that making things harder for developers and users is going to help bolster sales? So many people think Apple is just trying to spoil things for developers for no reason at all. What would Apple have to gain by this? Nothing, I would think. Apple is either going to include this feature in iPhone OS4 or only allow enterprise users this type of synching. I'm sure geeks don't care if it does harm security or not, but I think Apple knows best what to allow or what allow on the platform for the good of the majority of users. Apple clearly doesn't want this app and that's all there is to it. There's about 200,000 apps in the App Store and because a few get rejected, Apple is being criticized that their platform is all messed up or at least their vetting process is. Apple stated that it could reject or pull any app it wanted to, whenever it wanted to. I'm sure it's part of the SDK contract. It may not please everyone, but I think it pleases the majority of developers.

    You want WiFi sync then go to Android or RIM.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Whining again...

    "You want WiFi sync then go to Android or RIM."

    That sounds like sage advice. The rest, not so much.

  1. bdmarsh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sync over wireless is risky

    Unless you are very careful in development, and don't commit changes until the transfer is absolutely complete, if there is any problem with the wireless communication, you could cause major problems with the device.

    Based on the problems I see with just optical drives (or the discs) causing installation issues in full macs, I can't see how wireless sync would be reliable enough.

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