updated 02:55 pm EDT, Wed July 21, 2010
Raises security concerns
An app allowing unofficial tethering of an iPhone managed to briefly appear at the App Store before being blocked, reports note. Called Handy Light, the app was superficially another flashlight title, using an iPhone's touchscreen to display five different colors of light. By following instructions posted online however, the app could successfully be used to set up tethering through a SOCKS proxy scheme.
While quickly caught by Apple, Handy Light has raised questions of security at the App Store. By burying functions, less benign apps could potentially unleash malware or other unwanted content. Apple screening processes are nominally set up to catch both security threats and rule violations, though the process has not been perfect.