Bye Bye USB Syncing: Is the iPad Bad for iPhone OS?

Users of Lexcycle’s terrific iPhone e-reader app Stanza (which was acquired by Amazon (s amzn) last year) are expressing their disappointment over a recent update that removes the ability to sync and share your book library over USB from the program. When pressed as to why exactly the feature had been removed, Lexcycle responded that it was at the request of Apple (s aapl).

Before I say anything else, it’s my duty to report that Apple is indeed acting within the scope of the agreement it has with developers in requesting the removal of this feature from apps. As of now, USB syncing is still a private API, which means developers shouldn’t technically be using it. To get around this, many have implemented the feature using the iPhone’s Digital Camera Image Management folder, but that also requires the use of private APIs. Read More about Bye Bye USB Syncing: Is the iPad Bad for iPhone OS?