Did Apple steal the Wi-Fi Sync feature for iOS 5 from a developer whose similar app was rejected?

A developer submitted his "Wi-Fi Sync" app to the App Store last year and was told via a phone call from Apple why it was rejected; now, a year later, Apple announces the similarly named feature for its updated OS and even introduced a similar logo...
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54. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

they did the exact same thing with the volume button as a camera button. camera plus introduced, apple pulled the app from the app store saying you cant use it as it will confuse users. ios 5 comes out and they use the same idea themself lol guess the users are now clever enough to not get confused huh. they happy to steal/copy others idea yet when someone else does the same its time to sue. lol suing for square icons how pathetic can you get. am sure people are not that dumb to know the difference between an apple and a samsung

38. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Well, let him sue Apple if he thinks he's ripped off. Maybe Apple rejected his app because they're indeed planning to include that functionality on iOS5. Everyone who knows Apple well enough should know that Apple rejects any app that offers the same functionality as one of their native apps. But of course fagdroids won't consider anything in Apple's defense. This is just another opportunity for them fagroids to bash Apple, and it's pretty obvious the way they rushed in here to make judgements against Apple, not wasting any time, lol. Pathetic :)

42. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Oh I forgot. The itunes developer agreement states that apple has the right to reject an app during the review process if it is too similar to current core functionality OR future core functionality they haven't delivered yet but plan to in the next 10000 years EVEN future functionality they didn't think/know/care about until they reviewed your app and now plan on offering in the future HECK it even states we reserve the right to use app review process to comb for ideas on how we can monetize the platform and reject any app that we can mimic and include as core functionality to make every penny we can keep for ourselves.

46. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You are so deliciously predictable. "Fagdroid," eh? Should have known you're a homophobe too.

58. stealthd unregistered

Considering you just used the word "deliciously", it sounds accurate.

68. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

So you're homophobic too? Yeah, I can see that, what with your one track mind.

71. stealthd unregistered

No, I have a sense of humor. If anyone here has a one track mind it's you: you like to latch onto this idea that apple is a conniving, stealing company and you make up bs speculation to back it up. When confronted with facts you either ignore them or just make up more bs speculation. It's kind of funny because I get the feeling you think you're some sort of informed objective observer when in reality you're a biased nimrod, no better than the rabid fanboys you pretend exist.

74. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I am biased. However, I don't let my bias rule my thinking. It has been proven that Apple has extremely unethical business practices, not to mention an arrogant disregard for its customers' intelligence. It's very coincidental that this kid submitted an app that shares some very specific parameters with a feature that is now native to the same operating system, after it was proven to be a feature that people like. It's not conclusive, but Apple has a history of walking all over its developer community, so I find the story plausible. So how does any of this make me as bad as a rabid Fanboy? Is it my willingness to believe that a company which very obviously puts its profits above every other concern (including morality and justice) would screw over a single kid who they can legally crush?

59. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The sad thing is his post was fine till he got to " But of course...

69. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

i was thinking the exact same thing

52. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Count on this one to be the victim every time. "Leave Apple alone you big Internet bullies! They rejected it because they thought of it first, right after he showed them his program. So how could Apple steal it?". While everyone is saying this guy "possibly" has a case, or "if" Apple stole his idea...you are trying to make it seem as thought we have found Apple guilty! Let's us have our opinions and you can have yours, but stop putting words in people's mouths! And get a better insult. "Fagdroid" is just plain stupid! There are kids bullied into suicide because of their sexuality and you go just throw that word around like it makes you look cool. It doesn't, I makes you look stupid and makes anything you have to say invalid. Speak with some type of intellect you dumba$$!

39. smartx unregistered

apple becoming increasingly big-headed suing everybody incl.samsung for allegedly copying its ui and hardware designs, this chap should sue them for $100million...

43. Greg Hughes unregistered

Hey WTF...I Think i should file a Law Suit..!!

60. jackson unregistered

Apple could have bought it for a million, now gonna cost 10 and another 5 in legal fees. Crap like this is why people hate Walmart.

67. andro unregistered

This is apple folks,a company hell bent on control and sueing people. Of course they copied this and of course they will claim they invented it and it changes everything again again and maybe again. Idrones rejoice! thing is samsung and others have kies etc through wifi for a bit of time now

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