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Apple pulls copycats of popular apps from iOS Store

Developers up in arms over prevalence of fake applications

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Apple perhaps knows better than any company that app ripoffs are everywhere. The consumer electronics powerhouse has been pulling several fake apps from its store as plagiarised apps have been a hot topic in recent days.

While Apple is known for screening apps before they are allowed to sprout up in its walled garden, clearly fake apps do get in. Once they do, getting them out depends on developers who raise a fuss. In the meantime, some consumers get confused and shell out money thinking they're getting the real app, when they're actually buying a counterfeit.

This happens more often than you might think.

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An app claiming to be the 4.0 version of Camera+ gained access and last month was busted as a fake. The real Camera+, created by developer Tap Tap Tap, is sold for the same price, but it's only at version 2.4.

The founder of Imangi Studios, one developer consternated by watching consumers download a ripped-off version of his popular Temple Run game for iOS, complained that "Apple has pulled 'Plants vs. Zombie', 'Angry Ninja Birds' and 'Zombie Air Highway' from the same seller but not 'Temple Jump' yet."

Plants vs. Zombie, for example, copycats a popular and legitimate app called Plants vs. Zombies. And Temple Jump is a simple copy of Temple Run, a free five star app available in the App Store. These fake apps and many more are the work of a developer called Anton Sinelnikov, reports The Guardian.


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