The makers of a product allowing users to run iOS firmware in a web browser have hit back at Apple.
Apple sued the former iPhone jailbreakers behind Corellium in August. However, Corellium counters Apple’s claims of IP theft by saying that it is performing a crucial function for security researchers.
“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 argued in the August lawsuit. Apple said that fair use policies didn’t apply to what Corellium was doing. It “copied everything: the code, the graphical user interface, the icons — all of it, in exacting detail.”
But Corellium disagrees. They claim that Apple actually encouraged the development of Corellium. “Rather than tell the real story, Apple paints Corellium as a bad actor, unscrupulously peddling its product to anyone for any reason,” the company claims. “But Corellium does not license its platform to anyone. Its end-users include well-known and well-respected financial institutions, government agencies, and security researchers.”
It continues that: “By replacing racks of physical devices with a single virtual platform, Corellium empowers software engineers to test, teach, research, and develop more efficiently and more effectively. Apple cannot be genuinely concerned it will lose smartphone market share to Corellium, because Corellium’s technology is in no way a market substitute for Apple’s products.”
Corellium says that Apple, “is trying to exclusively control how security research is performed.”
Apple wants an injunction to stop Corellium selling its virtualized iOS platform. The battle continues…