Apple Changes Stance on Third Party Tools in iOS

Apple [AAPL] has changed it’s stance on using third party tools in the development of iOS apps. Prior to this change the tools were banned which included Adobe Flash CS5.

The changes now permit these tools to be used, “as long as the resulting apps do not download any code”.

It’s certainly a surprising move and one which we assume developers will jump on.

As well as allowing third party tools to develop apps, Apple is also releasing it’s developer guidelines for app store reviews. What this means is that developers can read through the rules before submitting an application so that they can be more confident that the app sticks to the guidelines.

Press Release

The App Store? has revolutionized the way mobile applications are developed and distributed. With over 250,000 apps and 6.5 billion downloads, the App Store has become the world’s largest mobile application platform and App Store developers have earned over one billion dollars from the sales of their apps.

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.

The App Store is perhaps the most important milestone in the history of mobile software. Working together with our developers, we will continue to surprise and delight our users with innovative mobile apps.

Via: Engadget

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