Apple Loosens Up App Store Criteria
What is important to note about these changes? I believe there has grown an anti-apple sentiment lately, where people believe they are trying to control the App Store platform for their own benefit. This "curated" approach is In a recent post by Apple:
The App Store℠ has revolutionized the way mobile applications are developed and distributed. With over 250,000 apps and 6.5 billion downloads, the App Store has become the world’s largest mobile application platform and App Store developers have earned over one billion dollars from the sales of their apps. We are continually trying to make the App Store even better. We have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart. Based on their input, today we are making some important changes to our iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9 to relax some restrictions we put in place earlier this year. In particular, 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. In addition, for the first time we are publishing the App Store Review Guidelines to help developers understand how we review submitted apps. We hope it will make us more transparent and help our developers create even more successful apps for the App Store. The App Store is perhaps the most important milestone in the history of mobile software. Working together with our developers, we will continue to surprise and delight our users with innovative mobile apps. Press Contacts: Natalie Kerris Apple email@example.com (408) 974-6877 Trudy Muller Apple firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 862-7426
For me: the big deal is a native google voice app. Some third party GV apps exist, and looks promising for Google's own work to make it's way over. Here's a link from Mashable - http://mashable.com/2010/09/17/google-voice-app-store-return/ This could be a way that Apple is making better "choices". Only time will tell if Google and Apple begin to play nice again.