Developers working on apps for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch have long criticized Apple for its secretive rules governing which applications make it into the App Store and which are rejected. In more recent months, they’ve also spoken out about Apple’s stance on limiting the development tools they can use to create those apps.
But now, Apple is making an about-face, agreeing to publish its App Store approval criteria and dropping a number of the restrictions it had placed on iOS developers’ use of third-party tools. Enterprise Mobile Today takes a look.
Apple has changed its tune when it comes to restrictions it originally placed on developers writing applications for its iOS mobile operating system. Now, the company will allow developers to use third-party tools to create new apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
In a statement posted on the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) website Thursday, company officials said “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.”