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Apple Swiped Student’s Wi-Fi Sync App for iOS 5

Apple unveiled iOS 5 mobile operating system this Monday at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference to much fanfare.

One of the iOS 5’s key new features, “Wi-Fi Sync,” which allows users to synchronize the contents of their music libraries without having to plug their devices into computers, is claimed to be copied from an app submitted to Apple months before.

According to the Huffington Post, Greg Hughes, a college student in the U.K., submitted an app called Wi-Fi Sync to the Apple Store in May 2010. The app let users access their iTunes libraries wirelessly, without docking a portable device to a computer.

Hughes was rejected from the store, but not with a standard form email. Instead, an Apple rep personally called him to let him know that the app didn’t meet certain security standards and wouldn’t be allowed in. He also asked that Hughes send along a resume.

Undeterred, Hughes began to sell the app in the Cydia store, which peddles apps for jailbroken iPhones, at the price of $9.99 a pop. Since then, it’s sold over 50,000 copies.

Speaking to The Register, Hughes said: “Obviously I was fairly shocked. I’d been selling my app with that name and icon for at least a year. Apple knew that, as I’d submitted it to them, so it was surprising to see that.”


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