Apple Inc., the company behind the soon to be launched iPad tablet device, has apparently started banning prominent iPhone hackers from its popular iTunes app store in a bid to hamper the development of jailbreaking tools for its blockbuster iPhone smartphone.
Technology blog Redmond Pie reported that the company has started banning developers it suspects of browsing through the app store looking for new exploits.
The blog also reported that, Sherif Hashim, an iPhone developer who successfully developed a hack for the latest iPhone OS 3.1.3 was denied access to app store after he received a message which said 'Your Apple ID was banned for security reasons.'
Another known hacker who goes by the name 'iH8sn0w', famous for his Sn0wbreeze application that gives iPhone users full control over their handset, was banned from the app store. He tweeted "@sherif_hashim lol, they did that to my ih8sn0wyday[@t]googmail.com too. (right after I posted XEMN)."
This move from the Cupertino based company has sparked rumours that Apple plans to ban all the jailbroken handsets from accessing the app store.
However, the rumour seems too far fetched as Apple will lose a considerable amount of users if it decides to implement such a move.
No this is not surprising given the fact that Apple has the right to ban everyone that violates its terms and conditions. Anyhow, competition from Windows and Android will make sure that Apple is kept under pressure to deliver a more opened environment or face some stiff competition.