Apple Backs Off iOS App Developer Restrictions

September 10, 2010 -

Apple has backed off its decision to exclude Flash and other programming languages, and what kinds of data can be collected by developers and advertisers. Apple will also publish a list of app review guidelines for developers - something the company has yet to do.

The trouble began earlier this year when Apple released iOS 4 to developers and they started reading the fine print of the iOS Developer Agreement. Section 3.3.1 restricted developers to a certain languages such as Objective-C, C, and C++; this excluded popular languages such as Javascript, Flash and C# when developing native iOS apps.

Section 3.3.2 further limited the use of scripting languages to aid in development or to run in the app. Finally, section 3.3.9 strictly limited the collection of analytic information that developers and third-party advertising networks could collect.

But all of that is apparently water under the bridge. The war against Flash, as many developers perceived it, is over. Apple announced today that strong feedback from developers led to the prohibition of these restrictions in the developer agreement. An FTC investigation into the aforementioned restrictions probably helped Apple change its stance..

Source: Ars Technica


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Re: Apple Backs Off iOS App Developer Restrictions

Does Microsoft implement strict policies on its games for Xbox home developer program?

Re: Apple Backs Off iOS App Developer Restrictions

Only if you want it to ever go ON the xbox. You can use the SDK to make windows games for yourself, but they're mostly strict over what avatars can and cannot do and only when it's put over on the xbox.

 

Also, there's not a lot of usage data or browsing data to collect off xbl users, whereas iphone apps and android apps have a lot of room to exploit us.

 

What will be interesting to see is how microsoft regulates XNA once phone7 comes out, since theoretically a game written for xbl will also work on the PC, zune, and phone7 via an apps market.

Re: Apple Backs Off iOS App Developer Restrictions

Good for them I guess, but it's sad that it took so much time and effort just to get them to loosen their iron grip just a tiny little smidgen.

 
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