Torrent news site TorrentFreak reports that a number of BitTorrent related apps have hit the App Store for the first time, despite Apple banning anything to do with the popular file sharing technology. Is this a sign of Apple opening up, or some just sneaking through the cracks?
Apple has essentially universally banned BitTorrent related apps for years, and while some have sneaked through they’ve been quickly pulled — but now there’s some indication that this might be lightening up. TorrentFreak has reported on two apps, which will not download the files themselves, but will allow users to remotely control torrenting apps on other platforms.
One is called Conttrol, which gives you access to uTorrent’s web-UI, with planned Transmission integration in the works. There was also allegedly another app called Transmission RPC, which is no longer up.
My guess is that these are all isolated incidents, were an App Store reviewer hasn’t really done due diligence to check out what an app does, just letting it through. I could very well be wrong, though, Apple very well might be softening up on this.