Apple has shut down Apple-tracker.com which followed product availability for specific devices. Here are five fast facts you need to know.
1. Apple Is Forcing Customers To Wait In Line
Every year, the new iPhone & iPad generates tons of hysteria. Timed right near the holiday season, customers flock to Apple Stores hoping they can obtain the new tablet and smartphone. The high demand causes drastic shortages so people are forced to place online orders. In order to maintain that cycle, Apple has closed down a unique website which provided information for consumers to seek out supplies for these devices.
2. Apple Tracker Was Forced To Close
@highfivetimes It might be legal but I don't have the resources to fight with apple
— Mordy (@tikotzky) November 6, 2013
The website was created by a talented developer with the twitter handle @tikotzky but named Mordy. Apple Tracker involved having visitors tpe in their zip codes to search for iPad Air and iPhone 5s stock. This was incredibly helpful for Apple enthusiasts who don’t have time to wait through the long lines.
3. The DMCA Letter Claimed The Site Was Perjury
Your Use of the Site. You may not use any “deep-link”, “page-scrape”, “robot”, “spider” or other automatic device, program, algorithm or methodology, or any similar or equivalent manual process, to access, acquire, copy or monitor any portion of the Site or any Content, or in any way reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of the Site or any Content, to obtain or attempt to obtain any materials, documents or information through any means not purposely made available through the Site. Apple reserves the right to bar any such activity.
4. Other Sites Like This Exist
Oddly enough, there are other websites exactly like Apple-Tracker.com. It’s confusing as to why Apple punished this one for its practices especially after its service expanded to include stock for the iPad Air. Apple has had its own version offering these similar services too.
5. The New iPad Mini Will Cause The Same Problems
Apple Tracker would have been helpful when the new iPad Mini goes on sale this month. It’s to figure out what exactly was illegal about this. It’s no secret that its impossible to obtain one of these items as soon as they become available. The opposite argument is that the new mini tablet could already be in short supply thanks to the production process it takes to create the retina display. Devoted fans of the Mordy may desperately need his help in the next few weeks so we’ll see how this turns out.