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Apple Shuts Down Site That Aided Shoppers in Finding iPhones, iPad Airs

Apple Shuts Down Site That Aided Shoppers in Finding iPhones, iPad Airs

If you’re still in search of a large capacity iPad, or still looking for that gold iPhone 5s, you have one less tool to aid your search, as Apple has shut down a popular website that listed availability for Apple products at Apple retail stores.

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AppleInsider:

Developer Mordy Tikotzky posted an update on Wednesday to his website Apple-Tracker, revealing that he decided to shut down the site after receiving the DMCA notice from Apple.

“I’m not really interested in picking a fight with apple so….. I guess it time to just say good bye,” he wrote. “Before I go I just wanted to say thanks to all of you for the nice comments and emails that you’ve sent in the last few days. It was fun while it lasted.”

Tikotzky posted Apple’s takedown notice, dated October 17th, on his site. The letter, sent by the law firm Kilpatrick, Townsend and Stockton LLP, accuses the site of using “page-scrape” tools to grab data from Apple’s site.

The website was a popular destination for shoppers looking for a new iPad Air or iPhone 5s. The tool grabbed and then reformatted data from Apple’s online store site. The data represented the availability for in-store pickup purchases.

Tikotzky had also reportedly been updating the tool in order to display availability of Apple’s forthcoming second-generation iPad mini with Retina display. However, with the shutdown, users will again need to visit Apple’s online store site to view availability.

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