Issues surrounding Apple’s supposed Orwellian-control over your iPhone have been popping up as iTunes applications have surfaced, disappeared, and resurfaced in recent weeks. The iPhone “Kill Switch” is a separate matter. It is theorized to be a mechanism that can be updated remotely (no syncing required) by Apple and can disable any application running on an iPhone at any time.
Nevertheless iPhone developers are beginning to say “hey, wait a minute” as they ponder developing software under the influence of Apple’s apparent fickle whims. Many are now asking questions about this “kill switch” wondering could their hard work vanish from iPhones at the flip of a switch?
The NetShare app’s direct violation of AT&T’s Terms of Service agreement justifies its removal. BoxOffice, which harmlessly provided information on movie theaters, died for no divulged reason. (BoxOffice still exists and functions on my iPhone; is it only a matter of time before it disappears?) Yesterday the “I Am Rich” application was removed.
These disappearances come amidst thorny relations between Apple and app developers surrounding Apple’s non disclosure aggreement. Developers are legally barred from exchanging or discussing programming tips with one another. Consequently, the applications suffer, they argue. Various forums have sprouted on the Internet, including the Twitter-fueled “F&%king NDA.”