Apple kills off Wi-Fi applications

Apple has been purging another class of software from its iPhone App Store.

Now it seems that Wi-Fi are being rounded up by Jobs’ Mob blackshirts and exterminated.

What appears to have got Apple’s goat are Wi-Fi apps commonly referred to as stumblers, or apps that seek out available Wi-Fi networks near your location.

Gone are WiFi-Where, WiFiFoFum, and yFy Network Finder.

According to the WiFi Where-maker Three Jacks Software it got an email from Jobs saying it had been removed from sale on the App Store for the crime of using private frameworks to access wireless information.

There was no explanation as to what Apple meant by “private frameworks.”

Tonchidot, a Tokyo-based developer, had its app Sekai Camera removed because of its use of Wi-Fi. Sekai Camera uses PlaceEngine as a way to determine a user’s location over Wi-Fi.

Other apps that use its PlaceEngine technology have also been removed, including Yahoo! Maps.