Apple Relaxes App Development Rules
Apple in the past has not allowed any third party tools that aid in app development. Specifically cross platform development tools (like Unity – a cross platfrom game engine) and any flash based (and converted) apps, the list went on. Apple has now backtracked and is going to allow the use of “tools” used to create iOS apps, with minor stipulations of course.
“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.” ~Apple Press Release
Apple has also made public the review guidelines and censorship policy, which before was just an unknown. App Developers will now have a much clearer view of the guidelines they must meet for approval. Apple will still continue in its role as “mother” as far as censorship is concerned. They have released a statement to that effect and basic guidelines that are pretty open to interpretation.
In General I think these changes are a step in the right direction for Apple, it will open up the iOS platforms to some seriously fun games and unique apps on the horizon that had been stymied by Apple’s prior rules. For more information on this update on the app rules check out Engadget’s Review, its a nice overview which is very concise on the changes. Once you have read up and produce your mac-daddy app, come over to PGprint and print up some collateral materials for sales purposes!