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Apple Rips Off Developer, Brands App As Its Own

UK based developer, Greg Hughes, a third year student at the University of Birmingham, had submitted an application for approval with Apple that allowed users to wirelessly sync their iPhones with their iTunes library.

Apple however chose to reject the app, called Wi-Fi Sync, citing major security concerns. Hughes then released the app on Cydia third party application store. Hughes Wi-Fi Sync app, which is retailing for $9.99 (£6.07), has had more than 50,000 downloads so far.

Hughes was shocked to see that Apple, a year after it had rejected the app, had not only ripped off the app’s name but also its logo.

Apple’s Wi-Fi Sync feature debuted with its iCloud cloud based music service and allows users to sync their iTunes libraries with their iDevices.

“I was completely shocked. I'm in the middle of exams so the timing isn't great. I’d been selling my app with that name and icon for a year. Apple knew about it as I'd submitted it to them, so it was surprising to see that they had pinched it for iOS 5,” Hughes told The Telegraph (opens in new tab).

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.