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Apple relaxes iOS rules, opens door to Adobe Flash conversion tool


News by Todd Haselton on Thursday September 09, 2010.

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Today Apple released a statement in reference to its App Store review guidelines for developers. In it, Apple said that it is making changes to its iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2, and 3.3.9.

The biggest change is reflected in the following statement from the Apple press release: "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 is also publishing the App Store Guidelines to help developers understand how it reviews apps that are submitted for approval. The move is an attempt to be more transparent with developers.

So what does this mean? Perhaps that developers will begin creating applications using Adobe's "Flash-to-iPhone" tool again, which allowed developers to create applications in Adobe Flash and then port (convert) them to the Apple iOS 3 platform. Adobe halted the development of the tool back in April, following a post by Steve Jobs which said Apple wouldn't offer Flash support on its products.

It remains to be seen if Adobe will restart the development of its Flash-to-iPhone tool and update it to fully support iOS 4.1.

 
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