Apple widens App Store bans, Wi-Fi scanners on the chopping block

It looks like adult apps aren't the only ones Apple is looking to cut from its App Store. According to Softpedia, developer of WiFi-Where — an app which allowed users to quickly find nearby Wi-Fi hotspots that were open, find out exactly where they were by using a GPS unit, and even save export those findings to a memo pad for sharing with others — the company's app has been removed from the App Store.

From Softpedia:

We received a very unfortunate email today from Apple stating that WiFi-Where has been removed from sale on the App Store for using private frameworks to access wireless information. It also appears that all other competing Wi-Fi enabled apps have been removed as well. This is very unfortunate as the past 2-3 months have seen a handful of new Wi-Fi apps get approved. Hopefully Apple will allow this functionality in a future SDK.

While apps such as WiFi-Where would allow users to quickly find a wireless hotspot in a pinch, the flipside is that it could also encourage wardriving and other malicious behavior. Apple also removed several other Wi-Fi scanning apps, some which had been approved long ago, and others which ran into plenty of red tape.

So will Apple will be able to boast about a family friendly App Store, while Google will have its anything-goes open Android platform? If these bans keep up, Apple may have to turn its slogan around: "There isn't an app for that... Anymore."

Via Maximum PC