Okay Apple, now you're really trying our patience. The persnickety company rejected Wi-Fi sync for the iPhone this week, a $10 app that would let users wirelessly make iTunes just a little bit less clumsy. Now if you want to do such things, you'll have to jailbreak your iPhone and buy the app from that favorite vendor of iPhone hackers everywhere, the Cydia Store.
Why was Wi-Fi sync rejected? The guy who wrote the app, Greg Hughes, says "the application was not specifically in violation of the terms of the iPhone OS developer agreement," but added that "it does encroach upon the boundaries of what they can and cannot allow on their store." For some reason, he said Apple "also cited security concerns."
Allow me to speculate for a moment: Security for who? Apple and the owners of movie and music copyrights? Oh yeah, they're looking out for us, the users. Right. On the other hand, maybe there are reliability issues, where you could break your sync if you move out of Wi-Fi range or if the battery is low.
We're not crazy about jailbreaking, either, hacking our iPhone to run apps that aren't authorized by Apple. We've done that a couple of times, but just when we get everything working right, Apple updates iTunes and breaks the jailbreaking, requiring another round of hacking. It ends up being a huge pain in the ass.
On the bright side, maybe Apple is not allowing Wi-Fi sync because it plans to offer it in the next iPhone. It does seem to be a pattern: New functions roll out for jailbroken iPhones, and eventually find their way into the legit ones.
Here's a video showing how easy this new Wi-Fi Sync app is to use:
Via Apple Insider
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