gave its iOS developers some shocking news today -- it was reallowing
ports using third-party tools, including ports of Flash apps.
The company writes:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
quote: So claim what you want, but at least with Android you have a choice of platforms.