Apple has shut down the iPad, iPhone screen brightness adjusting app f.lux; says it violates Developer Agreement

The developers of f.lux pulled their iOS app from their website in Thursday, no longer allowing people to sideload it. According to the developers, Apple informed them that because f.lux was using private APIs, it was in violation of the Developer Program Agreement. While other apps have been able to be sideloaded with no issue, including emulators and other products, f.lux is now gone as developers complied with Apple’s request.

Even though f.lux is once again behind a jailbreak wall, the developers did share some interesting statistics. In the first 24 hours alone, their site was visited 176,000 times. While it’s likely that not all of those visits were translated into downloads, it’s very likely many of them were.
Apple has contacted us to say that the f.lux for iOS download (previously available on this page) is in violation of the Developer Program Agreement, so this method of install is no longer available.
We understood that the new Xcode signing was designed to allow such use, but Apple has indicated that this should not continue.
Apple recently lifted limitations around Xcode as it made it possible for anyone to download it from the Mac App Store. As such, the developers believed that their app, even being side-loaded, would not go against Apple’s own rules and regulations. It’s possible that f.lux’s aforementioned sudden popularity is one of the reasons it was notably shut down by Apple.

[via Just Get Flux]


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