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  • Apple Drops SDK NDA


    Apple this morning decided to completely drop the NDA for released software created from the official SDK.

    Looks like all the commotion lately did in fact have an effect...

    We have decided to drop the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for released iPhone software.

    We put the NDA in place because the iPhone OS includes many Apple inventions and innovations that we would like to protect, so that others don’t steal our work. It has happened before. While we have filed for hundreds of patents on iPhone technology, the NDA added yet another level of protection. We put it in place as one more way to help protect the iPhone from being ripped off by others.

    However, the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone’s success, so we are dropping it for released software. Developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering released software within a week or so. Please note that unreleased software and features will remain under NDA until they are released.

    Thanks to everyone who provided us constructive feedback on this matter.
    iPhone Developer Program

    thanks luiz
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Drops SDK NDA started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      However, the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone’s success, so we are dropping it for released software. Developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering released software within a week or so. Please note that unreleased software and features will remain under NDA until they are released.
      Whoa nelly..... it still means the same thing. If you get rejected you still can't talk. You are unreleased.
    1. saybin's Avatar
      saybin -
      So we can finally expect Flash for iPhone? I'm sure there are many more advantages but Flash is something ive been waiting on. Now if they can come up with an MMS solution -.-. Getting swirly to work with AT&T is a pain. I've given up on that.
    1. davidmdowning42's Avatar
      davidmdowning42 -
      Yeah, but this will unhobble all of those developer conferences. I was on a nother forum just the other day, and one dev gave another dev a tip & I wondered if they were going to get in trouble. Now they have nothing to worry about. That is a good thing. That tip is going to translate directly into features that I wanted to see in that app- and a few more apps as well.
    1. nmejunkie's Avatar
      nmejunkie -
      Soon enough someone will copy the great things apple does :-( if they already haven't cough vista cough poorly
    1. BigWalsh's Avatar
      BigWalsh -
      @saybin
      what the hell are you talking about?
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BigWalsh View Post
      @saybin
      what the hell are you talking about?
      I'm thinking that he thinks this means that people can make anything and get it on the App Store.
    1. gigapocket1's Avatar
      gigapocket1 -
      so does this mean that the iPhone app store is almost like the androids being open to all... Or is it just a step closer?
    1. luiz's Avatar
      luiz -
      yay first time i got credited
    1. fuzio1963's Avatar
      fuzio1963 -
      Holy..........
    1. iancdp's Avatar
      iancdp -
      Isnt this only for apps that are already out.as in they only allow the freedom to the ones that have already passed the hidden app requirements lol
    1. heath_rox's Avatar
      heath_rox -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      Whoa nelly..... it still means the same thing. If you get rejected you still can't talk. You are unreleased.
      damn.....but they will anyway
    1. ThinkTank's Avatar
      ThinkTank -
      What do I care? Really...
    1. jibaro3's Avatar
      jibaro3 -
      what this is $$$$$ for apple when they charge 30% for the price of a app. By been picki on what they accept there are loosing a lot of money if there accept any app that is money to make.
    1. idolpunk's Avatar
      idolpunk -
      it's a good first step
    1. mrt2's Avatar
      mrt2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jibaro3 View Post
      what this is $$$$$ for apple when they charge 30% for the price of a app. By been picki on what they accept there are loosing a lot of money if there accept any app that is money to make.
      Apple would never sacrifice tarnishing their name and/or brand for more possible gains... their name and the perception of value they uphold with everything associated with them means everything to them.
    1. dillonsmith9147's Avatar
      dillonsmith9147 -
      whoa whoa whoa...whoa, louis this is not my batman cup,
      lol serouoisly im lost. what the hell is nda and what all does this mean, im not big into develpoing since i know nothing of writing a program
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      lmao! The wording is the funny part.
      unreleasesd app, keep ur mouth shut! Hahaha
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I should work for Apple and make Apple better.
      Hmmm now where can a 17 year old get enough money to buy shares in Apple so I own about 80% of Apple. I'm totally skint atm.
    1. blacksti's Avatar
      blacksti -
      HAha now the need to drop some ruls likeno talking turn by turn driving directions. Even though i do understand y they have the ruld what that stupid jeark goes off the road in his lambo and then sews apple for making him look at his phone w/e nice story!
    1. deruk's Avatar
      deruk -
      thanks for keeping this site, it is appreciated!