Apple relaxes app store rules

Michael Carroll & Dylan Bushell-Embling
10 Sep 2010

Apple yesterday dropped its ban on developers using cross-platform tools to produce iPhone apps, opening the possibility of Flash finally hitting the device.

The software firm claimed to be responding to comments from developers by overturning the five-month ban on cross-platform tools, stating it has taken “their feedback to heart,” and relaxed several elements of its Developer Program license.

It stipulates only that apps developed with cross-platform tools must not download any code.

This means that applications originally written in Adobe Flash and then re-compiled for the iPhone iOS can now be submitted to the store.

“This should give developers the freedom they want, while preserving the security we need,” Apple said.

The firm also reversed its ban on rival mobile advertising platforms, clearing the way for Google’s AdMob service, reported.

AdMob boss Omar Hamoui was one of several outspoken critics of Apple’s amended developer policy claiming it was an “artificial barrier” to competition.

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