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Virtual iPhone Maker Sued

Apple is suing start-up Corellium, which has been offering hackers a virtual iPhone. For a price, users could summon up a virtual iPhone on their computers, changing the model or iOS version via a simple menu tab.

Apple is now suing the company to shut the virtual iPhones down. It alleges that Corellium’s virtual iPhone infringes on the company’s copyright of iOS and related technology.

It would be difficult to use Corellium’s system as a replacement for an iPhone, as it’s not mobile or SIM-accessible.

Apple says that, despite this, it still copies iOS directly, which it says gives the iPhone maker grounds for a claim.

Corellium’s virtual iPhone has primarily been used by researchers looking for vulnerabilities in iOS and the iPhone itself, which have often been sold to third-party exploit traders rather than reported to Apple.

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