Rejected Wi-Fi Sync App Shows Up in Cydia

Developer decides not to let Apple get in his way of selling an iPhone app

Rejected by Apple over security concerns, Wi-Fi Sync enables users to wirelessly sync their iPhones with their computers via a local Wi-Fi network. In what can be considered a very rare occurrence, the app’s developer, Greg Hughes, issued a press release today announcing his app’s availability for iPhone OS devices. However, the app is not downloadable through the iTunes App Store, but rather through Cydia, a repository for users of jailbroken devices.

Following reports of Hughes’ app being denied access in the Apple App Store, tech-site Engadget cited the explanation the developer had received from an Apple representative over the phone. “While he agreed that the app doesn't technically break the rules, he said that it does encroach upon the boundaries of what they can and cannot allow on their store. He also cited security concerns,” the Apple rep had told the developer, according to the report. Later, an Apple spokeswoman clarified that the rejection was the result of security issues and “technical issues including reading and writing outside of the app's container.”

All this prompted Greg Hughes not to give up on his hopes of having iPhone owners using his app, hence he is now selling it through Cydia at a reduced price until June 11 (which coincides with the end of Apple’s WWDC 2010). “Wi-Fi Sync is currently on sale - 50% off over the next week. Get it from the Cydia Store today,” the developer said on his website. “Wi-Fi Sync enables wireless syncing with iTunes at the touch of a button. Never go looking for that USB cable again. Sync from the car, bed or shed whenever it suits you,” Hughes described his app.

“Many people find it inconvenient to manually sync their devices and do it once a month, at best,” Hughes said in the aforementioned press release. “I know from personal experience that's not close to enough. I lost my phone once and with it all of my crucial information. Wi-Fi Sync allows all iPhone users the ability to back up and protect their data anytime, anywhere and avoid the problems I had.”

The report did mention that, “The application was submitted to Apple for inclusion on the iTunes App Store, but the company declined to approve it for sale.” Softpedia itself feels compelled to make a note in saying that Greg Hughes’ Wi-Fi Sync app, in its current form, requires a jailbroken device.

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