Kyle Wiens, 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
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
“Evidently, they didn’t intend for us to take it apart” is the funniest thing I’ve read today. This isn’t some niggling technicality — they violated the spirit and plainly written letter of the developer kit agreement. Of course Apple was going to react. Whether a complete suspension of iFixit’s developer account is a just punishment is debatable, but it certainly shouldn’t be surprising.
There is, however, a certain purity to iFixit’s actions here, like the fable of the scorpion and the frog. It’s dishonest to blatantly violate an NDA, but it’s iFixit’s institutional nature to disassemble and publish every gadget they get their hands on.
★ Wednesday, 30 September 2015