Apple’s Loosens Its Developer Dress Code

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appleADOTAS – Did somebody put something special in Steve Jobs’ coffee? Why is Apple being so… Friendly?

Apple announced that it is relaxing drastic changes to sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9 of its developer licensing agreement for the iPhone OS, allowing the use of third-party development tools that translate code from programs such as Adobe Flash. It’s all good, as long as the finished apps do not download any code, Apple said in a release.

The update of the licensing agreement back in April caused all kinds of developer fury
— the revisions of 3.3.1 seemed particularly aimed at Adobe’s just-released Flash CS5, which introduced a method to port Flash apps to the iPhone.

Also for the first time Apple is publishing the guidelines for programs sold in the app store to promote transparency (yes, you read that right — Apple wants to promote transparency) and better app-making.

Apple’s relationship with mobile app developers has been akin to a bouncer at the door of a ritzy club — except instead of arbitrarily denying entry to dweebs and letting the hot chicks roll by, Apple arbitrarily denies apps that are “racy” or “Flashy” maybe a bit too satiric or they’re just not that active. In particular there was the great app store purge of February, which counted among its victims “iWobble,” an app that could make areas of certain photographs jiggly. Sigh, we miss you so, iWobble.

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