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Snow Leopard discussions open for Apple developers

updated 09:30 am EDT, Mon May 11, 2009

Snow Leopard forums open

Apple has opened official developer threads for the discussion of Mac OS X Snow Leopard, ending a formerly restrictive policy, reports say. Though still only accessible by people with Developer Connection Select or Premier accounts, the threads provide a common place to discuss technical issues related to Snow Leopard, without worrying about leaking information to the public. The Developer Forums are currently described as in beta form but should see the participation of Apple engineers.

The company previously prohibited collaborative discussion outside an immediate development team, even when talking with other people bound to Apple's non-disclosure agreement. The policy mirrored the one for the iPhone, which -- until it was liberalized several months ago -- put a chill not only on developer discussion but the teaching of classes and the publication of SDK guide books. Some plans had been kept in limbo since the launch of the iPhone 3G, based on expectations of loosened restrictions.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Because heaven forbid information leaks to the public...

  1. Johnny Niles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gosh yes

    You're right Testudo, there is no conceivable reason that Apple might want to keep some details of the next major release of their OS strictly to developers.

    I mean it's not like Apple has any competitors in the OS market, right? They really should just make every detail of everything they do public.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Gosh yes

    Are you kidding me? You really think that their competitors don't already have copies of Snow Leopard and seeing what is being done? h***, they can just look at the rumor sites like AppleInsider for news, gossip, and inside info.

    I don't think making a discussions site private is somehow going to keep information from getting out.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft is a developer.

    Microsoft and Sun are both developers of Mac software. And we know how well Microsoft maintains an "iron curtain" between groups of developers. :p

  1. akulavolk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Ah, Testudo...always good for starting a flame war when nothing's on TV...

    There's a big difference between the fact that leaks happen, and a company giving that info away willingly. If Apple publicizes pre-release feature info for Snow Leopard, others can use that information to get a jump start in the marketplace.

    At least if MSFT and Sun are to steal ideas, they'd have to do so breaking an NDA or otherwise illegally getting access to pre-release info or software. And they can't then prove that these are public for the taking.

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