Apple Relaxes Restrictions For iPhone Developers With New Review Guidelines

Written By Sam on 12 September 2010

Apple has announced a set of new guidelines for its developers of mobile apps. In what is obviously good tiding for iPhone apps developers, the company has decided to lift some of the technical restrictions it had imposed on developers in the previous guidelines.

We may recall, the company had earlier made changes to its iPhone development licence agreement which every developer had to agree before downloading the SDK. Developers were then baffled by certain clauses in the agreement that put technical restrictions on their development. One such clause was the 3.3.1 that had banned the use of third-party developer tools. This clause, for instance, had put many popular games in jeopardy.

With Apple’s latest announcement, developers can now breathe easy because the company has decided to relax all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. Apple believes this will give developers the flexibility they want, and preserve the security the company needs. Another noteworthy change was made in clearing the restriction on analytics data collection that threatened to oust Google-owned AdMob from the iOS platform.

Changes pertaining to other sections were primarily related to language. With the release of the new guidelines, the company has called upon developers to make original apps that are infotaining. It has emphasised that it has over 250,000 apps already in the App Store and hence, does not need any more Fart apps. Porn apps are still banned.

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