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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: You have to laugh....
By theapparition on 9/9/2010 5:33:00 PM , Rating: 3
Nice attempt to cut a snippet of misinformation and passing it off as fact.

Were you holding your iPhone wrong and it didn't scroll all the way to the bottom?

UPDATE ( 1:40 PM ): According to Business Insider, Verizon will be implementing Bing search in future devices but it is NOT an exclusive deal. A Microsoft spokesperson told the news outlet (emphasis theirs):

"Over the coming months, Verizon will announce the launch of new Android devices, which will be pre-loaded with Bing. The deal for Verizon Android devices is not exclusive ."

So claim what you want, but at least with Android you have a choice of platforms. Want something small, big, thin, or with a physical keyboard,......and yes with Google or Bing. If you don't like Verizon's policy, you can go to other providers with plenty of other phones to choose from.

Can't do that with Apple now, can you?

RE: You have to laugh....
By Tony Swash on 9/9/2010 6:33:09 PM , Rating: 1
So claim what you want, but at least with Android you have a choice of platforms.

Apparently "open" is having a bit of problem delivering quality. Not a big surprise given that it turns out that the only group that Android is really "open" for is the carriers - good luck with that one :)

RE: You have to laugh....
By theapparition on 9/10/2010 11:09:21 AM , Rating: 3
There was no mention of quality in that link. Only an authors speculation about the future of carrier intervention.

Was this the best you could retort with?

But I do find it quite ironic that someone with an iPhone is going to lecture anyone else about quality. Good one.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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