Apple allegedly copies third-party keyboard into Watch Series 7 without consent, developer sues the company

Keyboards and Smartwatches: a match made in heaven, right? Well it seems Apple has been rather naughty and copied the keyboard from an independent developer without their consent. The company is now facing legal action for copyright infringement.

Apple is being sued by a third-party keyboard developer for allegedly copying their product into the Watch Series 7 without consent. The lawsuit claims that Apple has been doing this to ‘create a monopoly’ in the market.

For the last several months, the App Store has been scrutinized. Despite Apple’s claims that the App Store is the greatest and safest location for applications, developers like Kosta Eleftheriou have previously shown how frauds have plagued it. The creator of the FlickType keyboard, on the other hand, does not seem to be having an easy time. Apple’s recent Watch Series 7 launch, in which the firm revealed a new QWERTY keyboard dubbed QuickPath is coming to watchOS, drew Eleftheriou’s attention.

Although having a keyboard to text on is convenient, it seems that the concept behind it is neither new nor unique. The Apple version of the keyboard for watchOS, according to Kosta Eleftheriou, is the same as his software FlickType Keyboard. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of Eleftheriou’s keyboard app and the QuickPath keyboard on the Apple Watch Series 7.

Furthermore, Apple banned his developer account and withdrew his software from the App Store early this year in an unexpected action.

While Eleftheriou has previously filed a lawsuit against Apple in court, claiming that the Cupertino corporation attempted to persuade him to sell his software, the developer went to Twitter after the launch of the Apple Watch Series 7 to reveal the email that Apple wrote after removing his app. Despite the fact that his software and the watchOS 8 keyboard have almost identical UIs, the email claims that his product violates the Apple iOS Human Interface Guidelines portion of the App Store Review Guidelines. It also says that “the app is an Apple Watch keyboard.” As a result, your app will be taken down from the App Store at this time.”

So there you have it. @Apple, we’ll see you in court.

September 14, 2021 — Kosta Eleftheriou (@keleftheriou)

Apple has been accused of false advertising, unfair competition in violation of California’s business and professions code, breach of good faith and fair dealing in relation to the Apple Developer Program License Agreement, fraud, and negligence and negligence misrepresentation, according to Eleftheriou.


Bhatia, Sanuj

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