Apple has lifted strict rules governing its iPhone NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) policy yesterday relenting on its traditionally tight code of silence surrounding product development. If you are a software developer and publisher for the iPhone, you will now be allowed to discuss the process of creating the programs for the handset. This means that a number of people will now be able to launch their books describing how the process works
Apple explained its decision stating: "The NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone's success."
The NDA made life difficult for iPhone conference planners, who had to limit topics of discussion, and publishers, who had to delay their iPhone books. Some developers paid each other a dollar so they could say they were subcontractors and therefore permitted to discuss iPhone software.
With Google's launch of its Android powered mobile phone, T-Mobile's G1, Apple may have to try harder to keep iPhone developers happy or risk seeing them switch allegiance to the Google Android platform development community. Google offers through Android an open-source mobile operating system and allows developers to freely develop, distribute and collaborate on applications they code.
Thousands of programmers were affected by this policy.They were not able to talk to the press, or write in trade journals. Not even among themselves - and this was a major barrier for them to progress faster and share programming techniques or collaborate with other developers.
Apple had maintained the NDA was in place to help maintain Apple's competitive edge by keeping mobile rivals in the dark about application development and Apple's iPhone app approval process.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Posted by Baktou at 5:41 AM