Apple iOS development guidelines changed again, allows 3rd party dev tools

Remember when Apple changed their development agreement at the beginning of this year and effectively blocked iOS development using third party tools (and hurting Adobe big time in the process)? Well, we are not sure why, maybe it has something to do with government interest in Apple’s legal practices, but they backed down a bit from the hard stance and soften their language a little in the new guideline version. The new version allows the developers to use any tools they want “as long as the resulting apps do not download any code.”  Excellent news for the developers which now can use Adobe CS5 suite and its Flash to iPhone compiler (although we still wish for a native Flash implementation for iPhone). For the adventurous type, you can always install Frash on your jailbroken iPhone and although still in Alpha, it works quite good.

Check after the break for Apple’s statement regarding the new and improved software development guidelines.

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.

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