11 August 2008 @ 10:43Steve Jobs confirms the iPhone application kill switch

Nick Wingfield with The Wall Street Journal gets confirmation that a plan is in place for Apple to remotely kill certain iPhone / iPod touch applications if they are found to be malicious.

Mr. Jobs confirmed such a capability exists, but argued that Apple needs it in case it inadvertently allows a malicious program — one that stole users’ personal data, for example — to be distributed to iPhones through the App Store. “Hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull,” he says.

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  1. jeremy | 11 Aug 2008 @ 10:52 #

    It makes sense to control something like that. It’s their hardware, software… it’s their game and you have to play by their rules.

    Nothing wrong with that.

  2. Jon | 11 Aug 2008 @ 10:58 #

    I agree.

    Let’s hope that the approval department stays sharp and catches any malicious apps before putting them into the App Store.

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