I’m sure Apple has good reasons to prevent people from being
able to transfer files to iPhone and iPod Touch devices using a
USB cable, and I believe this isn’t the first time they’ve
asked developers of apps with this or similar features to remove
them for new users. That said, I’m not 100% certain which rules
were broken here, and since Apple requested Lexcycle not to
discuss specifics we’re left guessing why Cupertino had an issue
with the USB syncing features.
There are no public APIs in iPhone OS 3.1 that allow apps to sync via USB. This is a private API violation, not an e-book competition thing.
Update: More details, from David Sarno at the LA Times.
★ Tuesday, 2 February 2010