Apple's walled garden cracks, fake Camera+ app found

One of the rallying arguments for supporting Apple's "walled garden" approach is that it's safer for consumers because the apps that are in the store are verified by Apple before being published. Android, on the other hand, is more vulnerable and thus considered less safe due to the open nature of the platform. It appears, according to Photozz, that Apple has some kinks in their armor after a company named "Pursuit Special" released an app called Camera+, trying to cash in on the popularity of taptaptap's tool of the same name.

The description in the app store states, "Camera+ a new universal app from 'Pursuit Special', which is described as 'THE MOST AMAZING CAMERA+ VERSION YET.'" The company is clearly trying to profit off of the successful Camera+ app by trying to mislead users into thinking this is the version to purchase when in fact, it is not. The contents of the app are unclear, but it's probably safe to say that this is simply a social engineering attack to make money off of app purchases and not a form of malware on the iPhone.

Regardless, it makes you wonder what Apple's review process actually consists of if an app like this is able to make it into the marketplace. Could this be the start of a break in Apple's defenses? Or is this a simple one-off and is nothing to worry about?

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Do Apple run the App? Do they look inside the App? I don't know what they do but what I do know is that sometimes a human will make a mistake or just be lazy and do the wrong thing and that is what may have happened here.

dead.cell said,
Totally agree with you.

It's as if the author is trying to bait us into an iOS vs. Android war to make it a "hot topic".

Yep, no surprise there.

dead.cell said,
Totally agree with you.

It's as if the author is trying to bait us into an iOS vs. Android war to make it a "hot topic".

Doesn't everybody? All news sources, blogs and sites?
Even we Neowin members, title our forum posts sometimes, to get more comments and views.

FMH said,
Doesn't everybody? All news sources, blogs and sites?
Even we Neowin members, title our forum posts sometimes, to get more comments and views.

Just because others do it doesn't mean it's acceptable behavior. I don't like my news reported in such a way, and neither do many others. Hell, the fact that Dead'Soul's post has more likes than there are comments on this article is evidence of that...

I can't expect to change the mind of the staff or anything, but I'm free to state my opinion and stand against being baited into a silly argument where one is not needed.

Having been a member of this site for what has been a third of my life (sadly lol), I hope you can respect that.

dead.cell said,

Just because others do it doesn't mean it's acceptable behavior. I don't like my news reported in such a way, and neither do many others. Hell, the fact that Dead'Soul's post has more likes than there are comments on this article is evidence of that...

I can't expect to change the mind of the staff or anything, but I'm free to state my opinion and stand against being baited into a silly argument where one is not needed.

Having been a member of this site for what has been a third of my life (sadly lol), I hope you can respect that.

Agreed. It is not alright.

And you are more than "free to state your opinion". You are welcome.

And I wasn't dragging you into an argument. I was trying to get some disapproval, off the writer. I thought it was slightly unfair to squarely criticise him of something, that an entire population does.

It's all good, I understand where you're coming from too. I'm usually on the side of the writers as well, but sometimes the feedback is just necessary for both parties. The author gets to see what people like/dislike, and articles in the future will hopefully be more tailored towards our expectations.

dead.cell said,
Totally agree with you.

It's as if the author is trying to bait us into an iOS vs. Android war to make it a "hot topic".

It's referred to as "sensationalism". And that title is definitely sensational in my personal opinion.

How in the world could it be "the start of a break in Apple's defenses"?

They control the process. If too many things are being missed in the review process they can make it more thorough and hire more people.

The fake Camera+ app is news, but I don't see where all the doom and gloom prediction is coming from.

Stetson said,
How in the world could it be "the start of a break in Apple's defenses"?

Actually I don't think they run the app. They don't have time to run the app. So my guess is that they only read what it is about and determine if it breaks the term of service agreement.

jesseinsf said,

Actually I don't think they run the app. They don't have time to run the app. So my guess is that they only read what it is about and determine if it breaks the term of service agreement.

They do run the apps. I've developed an app which retrieves stuff from the net and was able to see in the logs that they run it once (they didn't test the refresh button it seems..)

Initial approval for a new app seems to take longer than updates, so they might not bother running the app every time you submit an update

DomZ said,

They do run the apps. I've developed an app which retrieves stuff from the net and was able to see in the logs that they run it once (they didn't test the refresh button it seems..)

Initial approval for a new app seems to take longer than updates, so they might not bother running the app every time you submit an update

With the amount of apps in the app store, they don't test applications thoroughly. They wouldn't have nearly enough time. They probably just run it once or twice and then if it seems fine it gets through.

On my phone, can't report a problem on mobile site, but you spelled something wrong. "off of app purcahses and not a form of malware on the iPhone"