If you are a follower of iFixit, a popular repair firm, and use the mobile app on your iPhone or iPad, there's some bad news. Apple banned iFixit's develop account for violating the company's terms and conditions after it performed Apple TV teardown. In an official blog on Tuesday, iFixit shared the news of losing access to its developer account, which resulted in removal of iFixit app on Apple's App Store.
The teardown performed on Apple TV was the developer unit sent by Apple and iFixit justified by saying that "teardowns are in our DNA". Shortly after, Apple sent an email informing iFixit about deactivation of its developer account. Since the same account was associated with iFixit app on App Store, the app was pulled down too.
"The developer unit we disassembled was sent to us by Apple. Evidently, they didn't intend for us to take it apart. But we're a teardown and repair company; teardowns are in our DNA—and nothing makes us happier than figuring out what makes these gadgets tick. We weighed the risks, blithely tossed those risks over our shoulder, and tore down the Apple TV anyway," iFixit wrote.
As of now, iFixit has no plans of rewriting a new app for iPhone and iPad users. But the repair firm chose to improve the mobile website so it can be accessed easily, which will benefit all mobile users regardless of the platform. As iFixit notes, the app took down by Apple was outdated and didn't cause much of a loss as the latest iOS 9 rollout bugged the app.
The iFixit app on Google Play Store remains functional and users can find repair guides, native guide creation and troubleshooting steps from Android smartphones.