After reading a title as shocking as this one, I’ll give you a moment to catch your breath.
If Apple is known for one thing besides their consistent gadget genius, it’s their notoriously strict guidelines for deciding which software has what it takes to be included into the App Store. As you might have guessed, BitTorrent hasn’t been able to make the cut – until now.
One clever developer – who forgot to include the problematic word “torrent” in the submission process, successfully got a BitTorrent-related application approved by Apple. If you aren’t sure why Apple gives torrents the cold shoulder, it’s because BitTorrent is so frequently linked to copyright infringements.
The app is called “IS Drive,” and it was welcomed into the App Store last week. Here’s how it works: It allows users of Imageshack’s torrent download service to control and add torrent downloads through an easy-to-use interface. The app also displays screenshots of completed video downloads.
IS Drive is only available to premium Imageshack Torrent Drive users who are also willing to shell out an additional $4.99 for the iPhone app itself. Cydia users might recognize the app, as it was previously available on the jailbroken iPhone outlet under the name of Jack Torrents.
Upon review, the app works perfectly to seamlessly connect you to your beloved torrent account while outside the house. Just don’t get too attached, okay torrenters? Apple is probably already in the process of pulling IS Drive down faster than you can say, “But I could do this in Safari too!”