Unauthorized iPhone App stores begin to appear

By Justin Mann on March 6, 2009, 1:05 PM
Apple isn't the only application middleman for the ubiquitous iPhone. Increasingly, “rogue” iPhone App stores are starting to appear, primarily with developers who want a straight channel in selling their software to iPhone users. Requiring a jailbroken iPhone, these rogue stores might have a limited audience compared to the official store, but have an advantage in that they can sell absolutely whatever they want, such as tethering software to use the iPhone for Internet access. It's not just lone developers carrying out plans for their own stores, either, with some companies backing their own App stores.

Whether their reasons are motivated by greater profit, malicious intent or simply in response to Apple's draconian policies for the store, moves like these were predictable. Apple filters a lot of software on the App store, sometimes for good reasons and sometimes for questionable ones. As these unauthorized stores begin to appear, what will Apple's reaction be? That's probably another predictable move, as it seems likely that the company will try to take some sort of legal action against them. This becomes more likely when we recall that Apple has declared jailbreaking illegal, and attempts to maintain strict control over what sort of applications are sanctioned on the iPhone.

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9Nails said:
I just jail broke my 1G iPod Touch for wanting the StumblerPlus network app. As a computer / network technician I appreciate the quickness that I can learn of nearby access points and the channels that they are on.I like the iPod Touch product, but I'd side with the article's claim to "Draconian policies" for the reason that I needed to Jail Break my iPod Touch. It's unfortunate that I cannot install stable, functional and free applications if they are not hosted through the Apple Store.
captain828 said:
Curios to see how furiously Apple will respond to this...I really don't get this whole draconian BS they're serving their customers.IMHO, it's not so healthy to be like this in an economic crisis. Besides the fact that their products are generally overpriced and lacks certain basic features (SMS, MMS?) out of the box they also like to play as the Big Brother.Very curios to see their Q1 results...
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