About this so-called "Kill Switch"

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  1. sOwL macrumors 6502

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    I've googled alot about it, i don't really care because i have it disabled on my device, but i was jsut curious because i never found a clear answer. Let's say there's app "A" in the appstore, and few people download it on their devices. After few days, apple decides to pull it off appstore, so none can legally get it from there. Will kill switch remove it from the devices that have it installed? And if thats the case, is there any refund policy for paid apps that have been removed that way?
     
  2. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    As far as I know Apple has never removed an app from someones device. If an app is removed from the store it will stay on devices until the user deletes it themselves.

    I honestly don't know why people are so afraid, the terrible PR that they would receive for deleting apps on someones phone would not be worth it to them.
     
  3. sOwL thread starter macrumors 6502

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    True, and as i said im not worried, because i disabled it anyway. I was just curious, because indeed it sounds so wrong off apple to do such a thing... Thanx for the quick reply, that cleared up things, i might even enable it again coz it could actually help if any malicious app ever finds its way into my itouch :p
     
  4. The Californian macrumors 68040

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    Disabled what? I've never even heard of what you're talking about.
     
  5. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    How did you disable it? I really doubt that's possible, unless of course you're jailbroken. Even in the case of jailbroken phones I've never heard of a way to disable the kill switch.
     
  6. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    There is a function of the iPhone that lets apple remotely remove applications from a device. Much like Amazon did with 1984 and the Kindle.

    As stated, this causes awful press and is not likely, but if you jailbreak your phone you can disable this killswitch. If you are so inclined (read paranoid ;))

    Jailbreak > Install SBSettings > Open SBSettings > touch More > touch Extras & Options > Disable Apple Killswitch. :D
     
  7. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    If I remember correctly its built directly into cydia or just Bossprefs/tools
     
  8. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    I believe Apple would only remove an application if one made it through the review process, placed in iTunes, and was later found to have malicious code in it. Such an application could compromise your personal data or cause severe malfunction. If Apple realizes this before you, they'll be doing you a favor by deleting it.
     
  9. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I don't think it was there when I used to jailbreak. :eek:

    Silly me for assuming a current technology would stagnate.
     
  10. pauliphone macrumors regular

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    would it be possible for apple at somepoint to use the killswitch to identify jailbroken phones and delete things like cydia / icy?
     
  11. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    Nope. Not only is that not the function of it... but jailbroken phones can disable it. :p
     
  12. eye.surgeon macrumors 6502

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    People find the most trivial things to worry about ...
     
  13. sOwL thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Fair enough, i'm not talking about malicious software here though, i'm talking about apps that made it to the appstore and then removed because later apple decided that they violate its terms. And eye.surgeon, i'm not worried, i was just curious...
     
  14. Vandam500 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, there is a killswitch.

    There is one but Apple has yet to use it. You can disable it but only if you have jailbroken. Here is a screenshot so you can see it can be disabled:
     

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  15. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    I feel like this was done for the Devicescape App. Sure it remained on my computer but it appeared in updating Apps without a button to update. It kept causing errors so I deleted it. It had become redundant after 3.0's improved WiFi handling.
     
  16. mrhappyface2010 macrumors newbie

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    Yea of course u can disable it cos jailbroken iphones can do ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!! HA HA HA HA! :apple: Fail
     
  17. mike1123 macrumors 6502

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    I still have an app on my phone that was removed from the app store... :confused:
     
  18. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

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    to my knowledge apple has never used the kill switch. kill switches are measures of last resort (android has one too, controlled by google) to nuke a program that is doing seriously bad things.

    say an app gets through apple's review and has a delayed function that begins to send all your contacts, notes, email and location to a botnet. the botnet collects millions of user's data and begins to sell it, starts to use advertising analytics to match up info with computer browsers, matches data downloaded from viruses for more info and begins trying to log into your online banking to wipe out your funds.

    now in this situation, what would you, as the person who let this get onto 50+ million people's phones want to do?
     
  19. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816

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    I'd get a hold of the person who wrote it and see if I could get a cut??

    :D
     
  20. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Only an idiot would disable Apple's kill switch. They've never used it despite several apps that were not to their liking including apps like NetShare. Obviously Apple would only use it on truly malicious apps that somehow make their way into the App Store.
     

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