Savvy coders have developed iPhone “skins” that work with most smartphones based on the Windows Mobile and Palm operating systems.
The issue has angered Apple to such an extent that it has sent its lawyers after a number of those involved – both directly and indirectly.Soon after the skins were uploaded to the Brighthand and Xda-developers internet message boards, Apple unleashed its legal team, who sent removal letters to at least one of the websites hosting the files.
Apple’s actions have sparked fury among tech industry watchers, who have accused the company of bullying and being notoriously litigious.
“I think this is all complete nonsense,” Michael Arrington, of the influential technology blog TechCrunch, said.
“If Apple wants to go after the guy that made the Windows Mobile skin that looks like the iPhone, fine. But to bully bloggers who are simply reporting on this is another matter.”
Ironically, Apple’s attempts to have the files removed from the web have only given the skins greater publicity, and they have already begun spreading to other websites.
Source: iPhone skins irk Apple (SMH)