The appearance of third-party video-recording iPhone apps from vendors such as Qik was an oasis in the desert to owners of original iPhones such as myself. But in the case of the popular
Qik's app was a godsend: it extended the usefulness of both the iPhone
Initially Qik, a video-sharing site, only released Qik Live, an app previously available for jailbroken iPhones that allowed for live streaming of video shot with the iPhone's camera.
Subsequently, Qik released Qik Video Camera, which quickly rose in popularity due to its ability to record up to videos at up to 15 fps and select between lower or higher
In a later update, Qik changed the app's icon, altered the interface, and included new features, such as the ability to add
There was no mention about the removal of Qik Video Camera on Qik's Website or blog and e-mails to Qik went unanswered. The app's page however,
It's jarring for a popular app to disappear so abruptly, though it's hardly the first time something like this has happened. Given that other video-recording apps for iPhone and iPhone 3G are still available on the App Store, it suggests that Apple hasn't made a sweeping policy change about allowing older iPhones to record videos. Combined with Qik's own admission that an update is on the way, it seems more likely that the company is fixing an issue or problem with the software and pulled the current version in the interim.
As it stands, if you've bought Qik Video Camera, make sure you have it in your iTunes library and also backed up somewhere, since it's unclear when you might next be able to download it.
This story, "Qik Video Camera App Disappears From App Store" was originally published by Macworld.