Apple rejects Wi-Fi Sync from App Store

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Apple has formally rejected Wi-Fi Sync from the App Store,” iPodNN reports. “The title allows an iPhone or iPod touch to sync files without a USB connection, making the process significantly more convenient.”

“Developer Greg Hughes says he contacted an Apple representative over the phone,” iPodNN reports. “‘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.'”

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32 Comments

  1. Rejected most likely because Apple will release it eventually when the time is right.. Security risk my a** Sure its not as safe but come on? How many are really waiting around for an ipad, touch or phone to connect on wifi just so someone can hack it? And then what do they do? Copy their apps and music?

  2. Just more fuel for those who are claiming an Apple Gestapo is taking over consumer electronics. I’m no conspiracy theorist, but it’s becoming less of an outrageous claim.

  3. I can sort of see why they don’t allow this app, think about what would happen if the wifi cut out mid-synch. The OS would have to be redesigned to prevent anything nasty from happening due to wifi issues.

    I’m sure Apple will add this feature themselves in due time, and do it correctly- like with multi-tasking and cut&paste;, they aren’t always the first to market, but they’re the best.

  4. 2010 is starting to look a lot like 1984.

    1984 was the year the Macintosh was introduced. Do you know something about an industry changing introduction to come? Or are you counting the already released iPad?

  5. I guess the pun was lost on some…doesn’t anyone rememer the original Macintosh commerical? 1984. George Orwell. Big Brother is watching everything you do. I have not looked is it available in the ibookstore?

  6. “Apple will release it eventually when the time is right.”

    The time was right YEARS AGO. When the hell is Apple getting around to it, iPhone 6.0?

    We had an app that successfully pulled it off now. If Apple offers a better solution down the road then the app will become obsolete on its own. But to retard innovation because you might decide to finally give us WiFi syncing sometime in the future? That is absolutely preposterous.

    It’s akin to Apple banning those e-mail landscape keyboard apps in 2008 because they were finally about to implement the idea in iPhone 3.0. What’s wrong with leaving us with an unpolished solution until they finally get around to providing a better one? That should be part of what makes the App Store great.

  7. @baldeagle
    I prefer flexibility, myself. So I am not backing Apple on the rejection of the Wi-Fi Sync app. I don’t know enough at this point to offer an intelligent opinion. But please don’t encourage everyone to take a “Big Brother” viewpoint on every move that Apple makes with respect to mobile computing and the App Store.

    Orwell’s “Big Brother” was an overarching government/environment controlling every aspect of a person’s life. This is Apple that we are talking about – the rejection of the Wi-Fi Sync application or any other app simply limits the functionality of the device (functionality which did not exist when you purchased it, by the way, and was never promised to you).

    The issues that you should be more concerned about are location-based services and similar data gathering/using/aggregating functions related to advertisements, search, maps, etc.

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