Apple shuts down online inventory tracking tool

Finding the forthcoming iPad mini with retina display(s aapl) might become a bit harder now that Apple has shut down Apple Tracker, an online inventory tracking tool. Developer Mordy Tikotzky posted an update to the site on Wednesday, explaining that he decided to shut it down after Apple served him with a DMCA Takedown Notice.

If you head over to Apple Tracker you’ll see the following:

I’ve deciced to turn off the site. I’m not doing this because I want to, but rather because I received a DMCA takedown notice from Apple.
I’m not really interested in picking a fight with apple so….. I guess it’s time to just say good bye.
Before I go though I just wanted to says thanks to all of you for the nice comments and emails that you’ve sent in the last few weeks.
It was fun while it lasted.

Tikotzky also posted the DMCA notice, which claims the site is unlawful because it scrapes and collects data from in violation of the terms of service for Apple’s site. To be fair, that’s exactly what Apple Tracker appeared to do, so Apple was likely well within its rights to request that the site be shut down.

But this is sad news to hear ahead of the impending retina display-equipped iPad mini launch later this month. Supplies are believed to be in short supply, and Apple Tracker proved to be a helpful resource for finding the iPhone 5s after it launched in September.

The good news is that you can still check Apple’s website directly – it just doesn’t provide you with as many results in one place.