Apple sues company that lets users run iOS in a browser

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Company that ported iOS to browsers hits back at Apple
Company that ported iOS to browsers hits back at Apple
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Apple is suing Corellium, a company founded by former iPhone jailbreakers whose product lets users run iOS firmware in a web browser.

“There is no basis for Corellium to be selling a product that allows the creation of avowedly perfect replicas of Apple’s devices to anyone willing to pay,” Apple’s lawyers argue in the suit.

Corellium purportedly designed its platform to help security researchers hunt for bugs in software. Virtualization software means users don’t need to worry about bricking their phones with bugs. Corellium also makes it possible to pause devices, revealing their exact state at different moments.

Apple encourages security researchers to report iOS bugs. It even set up a $1 million “bug bounty” to make such efforts worth their while. However, it seems Cupertino isn’t happy to see its systems recreated by a third-party company. Corellium pays no licensing fees to Apple.

Apple sues Corellium for ‘illegal replication’ of iOS

The lawsuit continues that: “Corellium’s business is based entirely on commercializing the illegal replication of the copyrighted operating system and applications that run on Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and other Apple devices.”

Apple wants to stop the sale of, and access to, Corellium products. It also wants its intellectual property returned and any IP destroyed or impounded. In addition, Apple seeks damages, along with the payment of its court fees.

We’ll keep you updated on what happens next.

Sources: TechCrunch and Business Insider