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Tether gets around Apple's IOS censors with HTML5 app

Open standards mean a level playing field
Mon Mar 12 2012, 13:18

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Tether has managed to circumvent Apple's App Store censors by launching an HTML5 version of its tethering application.

Apple pulled Tether's Itether application from its App Store within 24 hours of its initial appearance, however the firm has developed an HTML5 version of its app, meaning users do not need an App Store download to tether their Iphone to other devices.

According to Tether, not only does application not require an App Store purchase, the firm's patent pending software is unique, meaning similar software using HTML5 might not be out for a while.

According to Tether CEO Tim Burke, "It was unfortunate that Apple decided to remove our application, only 20 hours after we launched. However, this caused us to innovate. Our underlying patent-pending technology behind Tether for Iphone is unlike anything on the market."

Tether opting to avoid Apple's App Store entirely means that Apple won't be getting a 30 per cent cut of any sales. While Apple fought so hard against Adobe Flash to prevent developers from giving away IOS applications and games for free, Tether has shown that impressive things can be done with HTML5, much to the chagrin of both Apple and the mobile operators.

Tether's app can be used worldwide and means Iphone users do not need to pay extra for 'tethering support' from mobile operators. Instead they can use the overpriced data access they already pay for with mobile phone contracts to connect laptops, tablets and other devices to the internet. µ

 

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