iFixit is the internet’s go-to place for hardware teardowns. However, the site appears to have annoyed Apple by pulling a developer unit of the new Apple TV apart. This apparently violates Apple’s terms and conditions, which resulted in the developer account being suspended, and the iFixit app with it.
As far as admitting to doing something wrong, iFixit has explained its thought process in deciding to go ahead with the teardown. This was despite knowing that it was a developer unit, and that Apple would not be happy with it being torn apart for the public to see.
While iFixit knew that they would risk being suspended, it did not foresee their app also becoming a casualty. The developer account that was banned was tied to the App Store as well; which resulted in the app being pulled for “actions that may hinder the performance or intended use of the App Store, B2B Program, or the Program.”
It goes to show just how seriously Apple takes its developer programs, and that people shouldn’t be tearing apart those units without first receiving permission. To iFixit’s credit, the site has not blamed Apple for anything and has accepted all responsibility for what they did. Chances are they will think twice about jumping the gun and pulling apart stuff from Apple in the future.