Apple Tells iPhone App Devs: Private Frameworks Are Still a No-No (Sekai Camera Punted)

YouTube video courtesy of tonchidot

Tonchidot’s Sekai Camera for iPhone wowwed a lot of people at the 2008 TechCrunch 50 event with one of the first examples of Augmented Reality (AR) on a mobile phone. The app lets you “AirTag” objects in front of an iPhone’s camera. These AirTags are annotated photos of the object in front of you. People can also add audio AirTags that are associated with objects in an area. I waited a long time for it to be approved and appear in the iTunes App Store. That happened recently. But, its presence there was short-lived…

TechCrunch: “Problematic Wi-Fi Access”: Apple Bans Augmented Reality App Sekai Camera

It wasn’t the only one singled out by Apple though. The Register reports that it was removed as one of a group of apps that used a specific technique (private frameworks) of using nearby WiFi information to provide location.

Apple yanks Wi-Fi detectors from iTunes