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Progical challenges Apple licensing with “Homemade for iPhone” accessory program

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2009
News Categories: iPhone Accessories

Progical Solutions has announced its new “Homemade for iPhone” accessory program, which aims to offer developers an alternative to Apple’s official Made For iPod and Works With iPhone programs. The program consists of a toolkit that taps into Apple’s External Accessory framework to provide a serial data connection between accessories and the iPhone or iPod touch via the 3.5mm headphone jack. Using the jack, serial data can be transmitted or received at speeds up to 19.2k baud, according to Progical. The company promises to offer technical information, hardware connectors and components, testing tools, technical support, and more through the program, which it claims can be licensed for a “nominal fee.” Progical has also posted a YouTube video showing the toolkit integrating with a OneTouch Glucose meter as a proof of concept, and says that it has successfully integrated hardware from LifeScan, Sony, and Apollo Electronics with the toolkit.

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1

Sounds cool, best of luck to em. 

How fast will apple update this away, control can’t be in someone other than apples hands :(

Posted by Dansm on September 1, 2009 at 2:09 PM (PDT)

2

It’s to court they’ll be a-goin’.

Posted by Dick Bacon on September 1, 2009 at 8:45 PM (PDT)

3

We are actually very confident that what we are doing is not only legal but virtually impossible for Apple to disable in future updates.  We are merely playing and recording audio through published Apple APIs but it just happens to be data instead of actual music. Obviously we will keep the community abreast of any attempts Apple makes to contact us but at this point I would ask why “Dick Bacon” thinks we will be going to court.

Posted by Progical Solutions LLC on September 2, 2009 at 5:38 AM (PDT)

4

Unfortunately, D.B. is probably correct given the aggressiveness that Apple has pursued anyone generating revenue (or even gaining attention) through the iPod or its various trademarks without going through all of Apple’s gates and hurdles (and paying tolls all the way). Even products completely unrelated to the iPod that happened to have the letters “P-O-D” in them have been targeted by Apple’s too well funded legal team.

Apple, in spite of many’s continued delusions, is not a good company in the moral sense. They are as cut throat, greedy, and amoral as any corporation, and arguably moreso than the majority. What the law says is only important if and when it protects Apple except when a court decision says otherwise.

Meanwhile, Apple will continue to exploit their facade to greater profits. For example, does anyone actually belive that that the 5-10 grams of “arsenic-free” glass in your iPod is going to make a fempto-iota’s difference to the environment compared to a competitor’s product when, meanwhile, the typical houshold is consuming hundreds to thousands of times that amount of non-aresenic free glass contained in a DAP every year?

While I’m sure Progical attempted to find any obvious prohibition in the law for what they’re doing, I’ll bet Apple’s lawyers come up with something they can file, or at least threaten, a case over.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on September 2, 2009 at 5:59 AM (PDT)

5

Why would Apple even bother with the lawyers when they could just never approve the apps that are designed for this setup?

Posted by RS on September 2, 2009 at 6:28 AM (PDT)

6

Yes, it’ll probably be the ‘yes, we are still actively reviewing your app’, even after 6 months….

Posted by dave on September 3, 2009 at 3:18 PM (PDT)

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