Apple kills f.lux for iOS quoting a Developer Program Agreement violation

Apple kills f.lux for iOS quoting a Developer Program Agreement violation
F.lux, a popular app that allows Windows and Mac users to filter the colors of the screen based on the time of day, landed on iOS yesterday.

Unfortunately for those who actually liked the app, Apple has pulled the plug on the f.lux on iOS project quoting a violation of the Developer Program Agreement.

Since the f.lux iOS app needed special APIs to work its magic, the developers avoided the Apple Store route by asking potential users to side-load the app to their iOS devices. Apple's Xcode was updated to allow for app slide-loading a few months ago, but as it turns out, Apple has recently informed f.lux that the Developer Program Agreement doesn't allow for such promotion methods. As a result, the developers were forced to pull the download link for the iOS app. 

Here's an official statement from the f.lux developers regarding the situation:


If this is the first time you're hearing about f.lux, the app filters the blue light of a screen based on the time of day. When the sun is up, the app allows the entire color spectrum to shine. During the night, however, the app filters the blue light, projecting a more yellowish tone. 

For those that regularly use their iPhones or iPads in dark rooms, f.lux allowed for a less stressing reading experience. Furthermore, it is said that filtering the blue light of a display encourages better sleep as it prevents screens from interfering the body's circadian rhythm.

source: f.lux

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15 Comments

1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Not sure how useful filtering blue light with these apps are. Any one actually found good results?

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's a lot useful. Killing blue also decreases the brightness a lot(It's the same principle as stars: blue stars glow a lot brighter than red ones). Also blue light mimics the daylight and fools your brain that's it's not yet time to sleep. That results in disturbing the sleep cycle and in severe cases, insomnia. Blue light in night should be avoided at all costs, especially if your phone doesn't get as dim as you like. pro-tip: If you use a Samsung phone, switch to basic mode at night; it's a lot warmer.

8. igorb81

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

very useful! Screw Apple. They shouldn't have wasted their resources developing app for them instead they should have made Android app. I have been waiting for this app long time now. I know they are almost there with their Android app. I can't wait for this app to launch on Play store.

13. Rager722

Posts: 617; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

I use Lux for android I paid for mine but they have Lux lite available it doesnt have ads but has less features

15. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

its the most useful app i have on my PC

2. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Hah, Apple sucks.

5. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Apple kills the competition with it's selfish and ridiculous policies in it's app store. It's a waste of resources developing for iOS

3. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

not nifty

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

f**k you Apple dips**ts

7. epic_ninja420

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

I use f.lux on all of my screens and Twilight for Android which does the same thing, basically it makes your screen look more red but I get a lot better sleep at night now than before without it.

9. igorb81

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Twilight does not do the same thing. I have tried it and it's too red to be of any use. I never have sleep issues but I hate bright blue screens at night. f.lux is the best

14. Rager722

Posts: 617; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Lux is much better than twilight

10. hakie

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

Hey f.lux, come to Android..

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Been there for years

12. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"We added a feature to allow ppl to install whatever you want, but we prohibited from any app maker from telling you about it." - Tim ass hole cook.

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