15-year old kid that tricked Apple

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  1. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    The Kids name is Nick Lee and he's the creator of Handy Light that was able to get thru Apples strict app submission process disquised as a stupid flashlight application like hundreds of others.
    Inside, the app contained hidden code that made it a full tethering app and it worked great.
    Sucks it didnt last long and only a few got to buy it for 99 cents before Apple pulled the plug.
    Hats off to him:D
     
  2. TSX macrumors 68030

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    Cult of mac was trying to get ahold of him a couple of days ago to interview him.
     
  3. Applejuiced thread starter macrumors Westmere

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    Maybe he's not a Diva like Geohot and doesnt want his face plastered all over the place:D
    He did a good job though.
     
  4. ulbador macrumors 68000

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    He had to have sold a ton of copies once the word got out and before it got pulled.


    I wonder if they call what he did a violation of his agreement and force him to forfeit any profits.
     
  5. Applejuiced thread starter macrumors Westmere

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    I know, I was wondering about that too.
    I know tons of people rushed to purchase it right away.
     
  6. ulbador macrumors 68000

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    Didn't it get up pretty high in the free app list? I don't know the exact stats, but I know for that to happen it takes a pretty good chunk of sales.
     
  7. jsquared macrumors 6502

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    That is awesome!!!!!!!!! How did it get through Apple's approval process? And how did he get caught after the fact? Will he be in any kind of trouble? Seeing that he's only 15 I doubt they throw the book at him, just curious.....

    I missed downloading it by minutes :(, I could get to the downloading homescreen then the error "This app is no longer avaible..." popped up
     
  8. ulbador macrumors 68000

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    It was more of an "easter egg", and I believe he announced the functionality on his website (and how to use it).

    The reviewer didn't look at it too indepth and just assumed it was another silly flashlight application.

    He got caught because word got out on the front pages of a ton of sites.
     
  9. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    All that kid did was to make it harder for reputable developers to get their apps approved now.
     
  10. ulbador macrumors 68000

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    Sadly that's probably not too far from the truth.
     
  11. drjsway macrumors 6502a

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    I was on a cross country flight when the story broke and managed to buy the app with in flight wifi.
     
  12. mrblack927 macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly. And for what? He violated the developer terms which means Apple won't pay him for these "sales" and they'll probably kick him out of the developer program (which costs $100/yr) so he will actually lose money on this deal.
     
  13. Applejuiced thread starter macrumors Westmere

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    It sure was a good story though :)
    I think it got pretty high up in sales for that day and it wasnt in the free section it was 99 cents.
    Me and many others missed the opportunity cause Apple acted very very fast in removing it from itunes right away.
    The ones who did get it were lucky.
    Now Im back to waiting for a 4.0 JB in order to get tethering again :D
     
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    I could have got it, but I wasn’t sure it would work, so I passed. Also, I knew I’d be able to jailbreak soon and then just use MyWi.
     
  15. rwilliams macrumors 68040

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    Everybody took to the internet blabbing about it.
     
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    I passed simply because I don't have to tether that often and I am able to use iProxy. Like many others, I am waiting for the jailbreak which will allow me to use MyWi.

    Tethering via a SOCKS proxy works but is a horrible pain.
     
  17. mrblack927 macrumors 6502a

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    I got it, but you're not missing anything. It's a pain in the a$$ to use. I will still get MiWi and GLADLY pay an extra $10 for it.
     
  18. Applejuiced thread starter macrumors Westmere

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    True, MyWi is alot easier and with more features and better options.
    It would have been a good choice for those that never want to JB or pay AT&T for tethering though.
     
  19. ulbador macrumors 68000

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    No kidding. Not to mention not every program can use SOCKS.
     
  20. jsquared macrumors 6502

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    Whatever happened to the app that came on the 1st gen that enabled tethering? Or was it on the 3g?
     
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    What's funny is this sounds like the kind of thing Woz and/or Jobs would've pulled when they were around that age.
     
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    Exactly, it's a shame Jobs has become so incredibly serious as time as gone by.
     
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    netshare
     
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    What do you mean what happened to it? It got pulled, obviously. And it had to have been the 3G. There was no App Store until the 3G came out.
     
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    LOL...ain't that the truth? It's not hard to imagine that the Steve Jobs of today would probably want the Steve Jobs of back in the day sitting in jail.
     

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