Apple yanks iFixit app after Apple TV tear-down

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Apple has pulled iFixit's app after the team of developers stripped down the tech giant's new Apple TV module.

The iFixit team allegedly broke Apple's terms and conditions by tearing the new Apple TV apart before it had received the nod from the firm, writing: "We weighed the risks, blithely tossed those risks over our shoulder, and tore down the Apple TV anyway".

Shortly after publishing a video of its analysis of the latest kit along with the new Siri remote - on 23 September, Apple pulled iFixit's app from the App Store.

"Their justification was that we had taken actions that may hinder the performance or intended use of the App Store, B2B Program, or the Program'," wrote the team.

It claimed the app was outdated and had been rendered buggy by the iOS 9 upgrade, and iFixit has no plans to rewrite the app's code.

While iFixit will continue to support its Android app, it has focused its efforts on its mobile site instead of redeveloping its iOS app.

"The good news is we've been working like gangbusters on our mobile site. All the functionality you need for mobile is already there," it wrote. "Obviously, we'd love it if our app was in the store. But our small team has limited resources, and for the past months we've chosen to improve our mobile websiteto benefit all mobile users."

The new Apple TV runs on its very own operating system, tvOS, which sports a version of Siri with improved voice recognition and a new remote including a touchscreen panel and app interface.