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My my - some interesting happenings over the weekend. First, iPhone app developer Tiny Code (more on that mysterious link in a moment) pulled their apps off of installer.app, saying the following:

Tiny Code no longer produces fixes or applications for firmware 1.1.3. We can’t say much, but we are working with Apple and with their SDK for the next firmware release and SDK applications and we shouldn’t be missed for long. We will no longer update our Installer.app repo for legality reasons and you should see us soon on iTunes.

They said this at http://tiny-code.com, which if you visit you'll note is now redirected at the iPhone Dev Center. This, it turns out, was something developer "Kelly" did in order to, well, stop the tsunami of questions that followed his statement. It also turns out Apple was none too pleased about the leaks in the above statement.

Leaks? Yep:

  1. "shouldn't be missed for long" sounds a lot like "that event that's coming on February 26th"
  2. "you should see us soon on iTunes" sounds a lot like "iTunes is definitely going to be the way that these apps get distributed, sold, and installed."
  3. Next to the statement above was "Now targeting fw 1.1.4 Alpha 2." Oops.

Each of the three above "leaks" is a surprise to exactly nobody who's been watching the iPhone news with any degree of attention lately, but nevertheless Apple did some hand-slapping, as Kelly explains in this MacRumors forum post

One: Yes, I have a copy of the Apple SDK for the iPhone targeting firmware 1.1.4. Two: Yes, Tiny-Code.com was ordered to be removed from operation by Apple, Inc because by releasing firmware versions and stating I had possession of the firmware and SDK was apparently a violation of the Non-Disclosure Agreement I agreed to when I accepted a copy of the SDK and firmware. Three: Yes I was wrist-slapped by Apple and won't be included in any further firmware beta's or testing/coding.

Yeouch.