Shortcuts

Apple Relaxes App Store Rules, Opens Up Competition

rated by 0 users
This post has 6 Replies | 1 Follower

Top 10 Contributor
Posts 24,915
Points 1,117,770
Joined: Sep 2007
ForumsAdministrator
News Posted: Thu, Sep 9 2010 12:34 PM
No, today isn't April Fool's Day. But it sure feels like it. Apple is notorious for taking a stand and sticking with it, regardless of criticism. They haven't backed down on their resistance to add Flash support, and they haven't backed down on their App Store regulations that prevents app makers from creating apps that "duplicate" functionality that came with the phone. This is the reason there's no "real" Gmail app for the iPhone, for example. But today, out of nowhere, Apple pulled a 180 that is a blessing for consumers everywhere.


The App Store has more apps than any other competing mobile app store, even Google's Android Market. But app developers have very strict rules to follow, and it's not exactly easy to get a "controversial" app into the market. It seems that Apple has finally come to the conclusion that they cannot keep this up as they have in the past, and today they have made a public statement on App Store review guidelines. And it's all for the better.


Rather than getting even more strict, Apple is relaxing policies that have frustrated developers and users alike for the past few years. Here's the quote that really says it all:

"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."

This means that third-party tools and ad services (like AdMob) are now allowed, which greatly opens up competition with Apple's own iAd. This may also open up the market for game ports as well as Adobe apps, though we aren't sure if this means that Flash is incoming. We certainly hope so though, and we would expect for Adobe (and others) to come forward with statements praising the move shortly. Thanks for listening, Apple!

  • | Post Points: 80
Top 25 Contributor
Posts 3,735
Points 40,310
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: New York

Sure am looking forward for the flash, if this is a hint at it :). Apple is learning!

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 25 Contributor
Posts 3,417
Points 46,590
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: Metropolis
ForumsAdministrator
Moderator

Inspector:

Sure am looking forward for the flash, if this is a hint at it :). Apple is learning!

But Apple has a horrible learning curve!

 SPAM-posters beware! ®

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 9
Points 90
Joined: Jul 2010
CHolt replied on Thu, Sep 9 2010 3:19 PM

Does this mean we can make apps on Windows?

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 8,446
Points 102,230
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
MembershipAdministrator
Moderator

Give it time and see how it pans out. We'll see if they really mean what they're saying or not.

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

(Mark Twain)

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 3,236
Points 37,910
Joined: Mar 2010
AKwyn replied on Fri, Sep 10 2010 11:50 AM

One word I gotta say is, Finally!

 

"The future starts with you; now start posting more!"

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 12
Points 105
Joined: Feb 2010
dcford replied on Fri, Sep 10 2010 3:05 PM

This doesn't mean Flash is coming to iphone in any supported format. We may need to continue using Frash on jailbroken phones for basic flash.

  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (7 items) | RSS