Not long after Apple purged the app store of sex-centric iPhone apps it has reportedly taken to removing a plethora of wi-fi scanners as well.
Three Jacks Software, the developers behind “WiFi-Where”, discussed the surprise move by Apple on their company blog earlier today:
It appears the recent Apple crackdown on apps has spilled over to Utilities as well. Yesterday we received an email from Apple stating that WiFi-Where has been removed from the app store because “…There are no published APIs that provide the ability to manipulate the wireless connection or the show level of information regarding the wireless connection as demonstrated in the application….”
It also appears that similar products like WifiTrak, WiFiFoFum, yFy Network Finder, WiFi Get, eWifi, WiFi Analyzer have also been pulled as well.
This is very frustrating. WifiTrak and WiFiFoFum have been on the app store since its very early days, and for the longest time no other apps appeared. It looks months of trying and re-trying before WiFi-Where was approved. Starting in November 2009, we started seeing these new apps appear. We took this as an indication that maybe Apple had decided to allow WiFi apps, and began re-submitting WiFi-Where until it was approved in January 2010.
Damn those non-published API’s.