Apple tears down iFixit app from App Store for publishing Apple TV review before official release
Popular electronics “teardown” website, iFixit, says that Apple has yanked its app from the App Store following a number of incidents that relate to the release of the latest Apple TV.
iFixit was able to obtain a unit of the Apple TV box before the product’s official launch due to the organization’s developer account with Apple. The website went ahead to pieces their free unit of the Apple TV on camera as part of the teardown review. Apple frowned at the move and removed iFixit’s developer account the next day, which in turn, holds iFixit’s official app on the Apple App Store.
iFixit said on their official blog:
Not too long ago, we tore down the Apple TV and Siri Remote. The developer unit we disassembled was sent to us by Apple. Evidently, they didn’t intend for us to take it apart. But we’re a teardown and repair company; teardowns are in our DNA—and nothing makes us happier than figuring out what makes these gadgets tick. We weighed the risks, blithely tossed those risks over our shoulder, and tore down the Apple TV anyway.
A few days later, we got an email from Apple informing us that we violated their terms and conditions—and the offending developer account had been banned. Unfortunately, iFixit’s app was tied to that same account, so Apple pulled the app as well. Their justification was that we had taken “actions that may hinder the performance or intended use of the App Store, B2B Program, or the Program.”
The management at iFixi says it’s not going to re-upload the deleted app since their mobile site covers everything users see with on the iOS app.
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