We’re used to seeing Apple ban iOS apps from the App Store for various reasons, but it turns out the company can also “ban” apps that certain developers make available to customers outside of the App Store. That’s exactly what f.lux did a few days ago, posting on its website a free version of its handy iPhone screen brightness management app that’s very popular on jailbroken devices. The developer included information on how to install it on any iOS device without actually jailbreaking it.
Not surprisingly, Apple didn’t like that since “sideloading” lets developers bypass the App Store and Apple’s app review process, opening the door to a whirlwind of problems. So, Apple killed f.lux. More →