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iPhone Can Reject Apps
Steve Jobs says the device does indeed have a blacklisting feature.
Apple iPhone 3G
Apple says it has sold approximately 60 million downloads since the App Store opened last month.
August 11, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

We’re all looking for killer apps. How about apps that can kill? It’s not something out of James Bond; it’s something inside your iPhone.

After much speculation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirmed that the popular portable is indeed packing the heat to destroy any unauthorized iPhone apps. The idea is that the device would check a website and flag any malicious programs. However, it was designed strictly as a security feature, says CNET.

“Hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull,” Jobs said.

Apparently, no apps are currently on the blacklist—and that includes the “I Am Rich” program, which recently disappeared from the App Store. Armin Heinrich’s goofy, pointless app gave users bragging rights (and nothing else!) in exchange for $1,000. Before I Am Rich went missing, it had sold an amazing eight downloads.

Apple recently announced that since the App Store opened, over 60 million programs have been purchased. That amounts to approximately $30 million in sales, according to Reuters.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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