Apple relaxes restrictions on third party tools for App development

Apple has issued a press release indicating that it is relaxing the restrictions to the use of third party tools for creating Apps for iOS.  Applications created with tools not provided by Apple (freely) would have been automatically disqualified from being made available on the App Store.

From Apple’s press release:

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 the same press release Apple indicated that it is publishing a set of guidelines that should make their App evaluation process more transparent.

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.

A couple of months ago Adobe dropped work on their Flash to iOS compiler.  It will be interesting to see if they will resume that work now.

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