10 iPhone apps that could get you into trouble

10 iPhone apps that could get you into trouble

iPhone applications are proliferating like rabbits, but not all of them are great. In fact some can get you into hot water. Here we take a look at 10 recent iPhone applications that might land you in a place you don't want to be.

iPhone app that lets the device control a squadron of unmanned aircraft

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley created an iPhone app that lets the device control a squadron of unmanned aircraft. Thing is, its illegal, according the Wired blog and the iPhone Software Developer Kit agreement: "...applications may not be designed or marketed for real-time route guidance; automatic or autonomous control of vehicles, aircraft, or other mechanical devices..."

Transit Sydney app

File this on under "Just silly." Folks running the Sydney, Australian railroad system CityRail didn't take too kindly to software developer Alvin Singh developing the Transit Sydney app that shows train and ferry timetable based on CityRail's fixed schedules. CityRail said the application amounted to copyright infringement.

South Park

What killed the South Park app for your iPhone? Well it wasn't a copyright issue, Apple said, it was a profanity issue. You still could get in HR hot water with the app in the future though as Apple told South Park Studios their app may work out as standards evolve. C'mon guys, its 2009! I thought Apple was supposed to be cutting edge.

Related story: Apple Rejects South Park iPhone App


Ok this one isn't cutting edge rather it was cutting, um…. Well, it's iFart. And this can get you into trouble any number of ways – for example, I am thinking as a high school class clown the iFart would be an indispensible way to get sent to the principal's office every hour. Anyway iFart is now brawling with Pull My Finger for iPhone fart sounding dominance and copyright issues.

Related story: Rival iPhone developers bicker over 'pull my finger'

Blackjack Card Counter

Card counting is a no-no in Las Vegas and now it seems if you show up with your iPhone and the card-counting app, well you could be directed to the door. The app with the bad reputation is Blackjack Card Counter, which sells for $1.99 in Apple's App Store.

Related story: iPhone App Helps Gamblers Count Cards


Jailbreak! Applying software to your iPhone that breaks it free from Apple's application clutches is a violation of copyright laws Apple says. But that hasn't prevented a whole new industry of renegade jailbreak stores from popping up.

Related story: Apple: iPhone Jailbreak hack violates the law


Ok, this one is just silly but one could see how some folks could get upset at it. Apple said iBoobs represented "objectionable content." Your HR department at work would agree.

Princeton University

iPhones are trouble for at least some university networks, or at least that what it appears. The latest: Princeton University users of Apple iPhones, iPod Touches as well as Macintosh PCs are being plagued with Wi-Fi connectivity issues on the campus network. Duke reported similar problems in 2007.

Related story: iPhone plagues Princeton with flaky Wi-Fi problems | Cisco confirms its network gear caused Duke's iPhone flooding

iPhone-controlled car

The iPhone as any sort of major system controller seems like trouble wafting to happen to me. For example, the iPhone apps that can be used as an airplane altimeter and as a way to control a car . Just sounds like potential worry to me.

Related slideshow: iPhone-controlled car to demo at Geneva Motor Show

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