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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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The 80's, all over again
By ZachDontScare on 9/9/2010 2:28:42 PM , Rating: 2
Macs lost their market lead in the 80s by being proprietary and preventing 3rd parties from building machines that ran MacOS. PCs, made by countless different vendors, easily took over and made Macs basically an afterthought (until OSX started to turn that around and managed to reclaim a small portion of the market share).

Apple is repeating the same mistakes now. Android will be the market leader within a couple years because it is open, iphones will lose market share.

Time to bring back leg warmers and parachute pants.




RE: The 80's, all over again
By AnalogToDigitalKid on 9/9/10, Rating: -1
RE: The 80's, all over again
By acer905 on 9/9/2010 5:59:08 PM , Rating: 5
"My sex life is pretty good" -- Steve Jobs' random musings during the 2010 D8 conference














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