Apple Drops the iPhone NDA

Posted on Oct 1, 2008 in Opinions

So after a few months of controversy, Apple has finally dropped the NDA for iPhone software that has been released. This effectively allows developers to free discuss any matters regarding the iPhone software available to the public, but of course prevents them discussing unreleased or upcoming code.

Apple also gives a reason for keeping the NDA in place for so long: They claim the NDA gave them an additional layer of protection for the innovations found within the iPhone’s software and that they’ve now dropped it in favour of promoting the platform amongst developers.

I see this as Apple’s reaction to all the recent flak they’ve been getting over the “closed” nature of the iPhone in general… perhaps new AppStore submission guidelines are on the way as well?