Process Killer: App That Allowed Users to Close All Apps Running in The Background Was Briefly Available in The App Store


Process Killer

While there are jailbreak tweaks available to kill processes running in the background to free up memory, did you know that there was an app briefly available in the App Store that allowed users to kill processes running in the background or at least that is what it claimed to do.

Apple seems to have removed Process Killer app developed by Aeonika from the App Store recently. We found out about the Process Killer app when we came across this article by Digital Inspiration’s Agarwal, which talks about “How to close all apps in the background”.

Though the app still shows up in the search results on Google, clicking on the link (which is an App Store link) gives you the following error message: “The item you’ve requested is not currently available in the App Store”.

Here’re some interesting details about the Process killer app:

  • As you can see from the screenshot above, the app received quite a lot of favorable reviews in the App Store from users.
  • This was the description of the app in the App Store (courtesy Appolicious):

Application shows you background processes and memory consumption.The app “kills” with it’s simplicity!

  • You can checkout the screenshot and demo video of the app below:

  • It looks like the app was available in the App Store since October 2011 and was available for $0.99. According to the Digital Inspiration’s article published on 6th January 2012, it was a free app.

We’re not sure how the app sneaked into the App Store, as we’re quite sure that the app used unpublished API’s that officially break Apple’s iOS Developer agreement. The other issue is that when you click on the URL for developer’s website, you’re taken to an under construction page.

If you’ve seen this video by iOS developer – Fraser Speirs, which gives a demo of how iOS multitasking works then it is also possible that Apple removed the app from the App Store for misleading users.

Whatever the reason, we were quite surprised to find out that there was an app available to kill background processes in the App Store so we thought of sharing it with you.

Have a nice weekend!

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