Apple Sued by Developer after Copying Key Apple Watch Feature

The new Apple Watch Series 7 smartwatches were released on September 14. They include numerous significant improvements over prior models. The Watch Series 7 is the finest Apple Watch ever, with a larger display, improved hardware, and even new software functions. The new Apple Watch Series 7 comes pre-loaded with the most recent version of watchOS, watchOS 8. Apple created a new QWERTY keyboard for the watch called QuickPath, which allows you to type to reply to messages with the new version and larger display.

While having a keyboard app is convenient, it is neither innovative nor unique. In fact, Apple has been accused of duplicating FlickType, a keyboard app for the Apple Watch. Kosta Eleftheriou, the app’s creator, sued Apple earlier this year after the iPhone version of the software was removed. Following the release of the Apple Watch Series 7, Eleftheriou moved to Twitter to reveal the email that the App Store Review team sent after the app was taken down earlier this year. According to the email, his program breached the App Store Review Guidelines section on Apple iOS Human Interface Guidelines.

The developer of the app FlickType has tweeted that he intends to sue Apple all over again in response to Apple Watch Series 7’s new QuickPath keyboard. His previous suit claimed that when the app finally became popular, it was undercut by “copycat and fraud applications” that exploited purportedly phony App Store reviews to encourage downloads. Apple was accused of abusing its market power, according to Eleftheriou, who also filed a suit in March 2021.

According to the lawsuit, “Apple’s promise to assist developers construct, test, promote, and distribute their goods and expand their businesses through a secure, trusted, and the accessible marketplace is essentially a facade designed to unjustly attract developers to the App Store.”

For more context, Apple applauded FlickType’s technology, which allows Apple Watch users to text directly on their watch face. The company also showcased it at Apple’s headquarters in 2019. 

The lawsuit filed by the developer claims that following that, “Apple threw up roadblock after roadblock that made no sense,” keeping the technology out of the App Store for nearly a year.

It’s difficult to tell who is right and who is wrong in any dispute between a developer and an app store because we don’t know all of the facts. However, it doesn’t look good for Apple to release a feature that looks eerily similar to one with a developer with whom they’ve had numerous disagreements.

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