updated 12:10 pm EDT, Wed October 1, 2008
Apple drops iPhone NDA
Apple has officially dropped a non-disclosure clause from its iPhone SDK, according to an announcement. A new agreement is expected to be sent to developers "within a week or so," the company says, one which will allow people to discuss the code of published iPhone applications. Unreleased software and/or features are still expected to remain outside of public exchanges.
Apple explains that the NDA was put in place to safeguard concepts and inventions in the iPhone OS, which the company was worried would be "ripped off" by its rivals, despite the existence of numerous patents. It admits, however, that the current NDA is extremely restrictive, and may be interfering with progress in iPhone development.
Coders have complained about Apple's NDA for some time, observing that it blocks detailed conversation about iPhone apps outside of a development team, to the extent of barring conferences or even e-mails. Writers note that it has stopped the publication of several guidebooks, which had been planned with the expectation of a time limit on restrictions. Apple is in fact said to have extended NDA terms recently, preventing App Store rejection notices from being shared with the public.