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Perhaps company was visited by a very early Christmas ghost -- or more likely is desperate to beat Android

Apple gave its iOS developers some shocking news today -- it was reallowing ports using third-party tools, including ports of Flash apps.  The company writes:

We are continually trying to make the App Store even better. We have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart. Based on their input, today we are making some important changes to our iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9 to relax some restrictions we put in place earlier this year.
In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need.
In addition, for the first time we are publishing the App Store Review Guidelines to help developers understand how we review submitted apps. We hope it will make us more transparent and help our developers create even more successful apps for the App Store.

That announcement seems particularly amazing given that in April Apple CEO Steve Jobs responded to one disgruntled developer's accusations that he was playing Scrooge, commenting, "We’ve been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform."

This about-face comes after news hit that Google's Android had passed the iPhone in U.S. market share.  Other recent studies have also confirmed that Apple's smartphone market share is in a downward slide while Android is surging upwards.  Apple has denied that this is happening.

We are awaiting comment from Adobe about whether this means that the converter to port Flash apps to Objective C code will now be restored to the Creative Suite.

Even though Apple is once again being generous with the tools developers use, it's unlikely that opens its tightly closed gates to Flash itself.

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RE: Wonder of wonders
By sprockkets on 9/9/2010 12:59:28 PM , Rating: -1
Both of you posters above me are full of it. Typical idiots who think everything is a polarizing R vs. D issue.

Hey guess what? Republicans suck and Democrats blow, and human rule is a complete failure.

The free market has spoken, and it likes spreading the wealth.

Funny, I thought Republicans favor that?

Don't worry comrade, I like you anyway, and I have talked to Comrade Obama on your behalf. He has promised me that you will be among the last sent to the death panel.

We should ask Wyatt Senack and John Oliver as to whether you are "evil" or "stupid".

RE: Wonder of wonders
By eskimospy on 9/9/2010 1:14:46 PM , Rating: 1
Way to miss the point and then making people suffer through yet another vacuous 'BUT EVERYONE IZ BADD' post. I think it's very very safe to assume at this point that most people think American political parties suck. (it's a safe way for uninformed people to sound carefully considered instead of ignorant.)

I was making fun of him, but I guess I gave too much credit when I figured that people would 1.) realize that both MLB and the NFL are capitalistic (if cartel like) enterprises, so the comparison was insane and stupid to begin with, which was sort of my point, and 2.) that trying to draw economic conclusions by talking about how awesome the Yankees are is retarded.

I'll be sure to tag my future posts with 'I'm making fun of this guy' tags.

RE: Wonder of wonders
By sprockkets on 9/11/2010 7:42:43 PM , Rating: 1
Way to miss the point and then making people suffer through yet another vacuous 'BUT EVERYONE IZ BADD' post.

Your post sucked.
I'll be sure to tag my future posts with 'I'm making fun of this guy' tags.

If you intended it to be satire, you sucked even more.

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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