iFixit App Pulled from Apple’s Store | iFixit
You might have noticed that there’s no longer an iFixit app in the Apple’s App Store. We are sorry for anyone this has inconvenienced.
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.”
I have seen a lot of stupid comments from people I respect about this. Look above, iFixit are writing the following: “We weighed the risks, blithely tossed those risks over our shoulder”. In other words: they knew this might happen, but they didn’t give a fuck. But Gruber’s comments was fantastic, and as (almost) always spot on.
There are a number of issues regarding this issue.
Apple should have known that iFixit would do this
Should they just pick the recievers at random, or pick developers that intend to develop tvOS apps?
Should Apple exclude developers like iFixit?
I think everything went as they should have, and as we should expect them to. Apple should just send out developer units to randomly selected people, and they should throw out developers that don’t respect the NDA; iFixit should do what is in their DNA, but maybe they should wait to tear down devices until they are available for the general public.