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iPhone Wi-Fi Sync App Rejected From App Store, Out Anyway

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Question: what's better than syncing iTunes using a USB cable and but yet isn't allowed by Apple? You got it: wireless syncing. And that's why we're saddened to hear that the originally named app 'Wi-Fi Sync' was rejected from the App Store. Fear not though, because it's now up for sale on the Cydia Store.

Obviously you're going to have to jailbreak your device in order to get hold of Wi-Fi Sync from Cydia. Let's face it, though, you're likely to have done that anyway, if only to sink your teeth into such tasty Cydia-based apps as SBSettings and Backgrounder.

Wi-Fi Sync's developer is asking $9.99 (about £7) which isn't extortionate. Although considering this ability should be available anyway it is slightly annoying. The only issue with Wi-Fi sync is that it's Mac-only for the moment as it requires a piece of server software installed on your system to function. Arguably that just means it's reserved for the truly devoted-to-Jobs of this world, but it's a sore point for Windows users nonetheless.

Apparently a Windows version of the software is under development, with a release scheduled within eight to 10 weeks time. Once that's available your $9.99 will buy you both versions, which is a nice concession.

According to Greg Hughes, the maker of Wi-Fi Sync: "While {an Apple rep} agreed that the app doesn't technically break the rules, he said that it does encroach upon the boundaries of what they can and cannot allow on their store. He also cited security concerns." Unsurprisingly, Apple being Apple, further elaboration isn’t exactly forthcoming.

It would be nice to think that the motivation for this rejection is that Apple is taking note and will have this feature built into the next iPhone OS. If a third party developer can do it, surely Apple's developers can manage the same, and better? With our cynical hats on, however, we're not holding our breath.

Link: Wi-Fi Sync.

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