Lucas Raggers
Lucas Raggers Nieuws 9 september 2010

Apple komt ontwikkelaars tegemoet [Update]

Apple is in een goede bui. Voor ontwikkelaars van iOS apps althans. In een persbericht heeft Apple bekend gemaakt dat het de regels voor het ontwikkelen van apps versoepelt. Daarbij gaat het met name om de regels 3.3.1, 3.3.2 en 3.3.9. Ook maakt het de beruchte ‘App Store Review Guidelines’ openbaar zodat het proces om apps te in te sturen transparanter wordt.

De regels 3.3.1, 3.3.2 en 3.3.9 gaan over de tools waarmee apps worden gemaakt. Apple verbood het tot nu toe om apps te maken met ‘third-party compilers’. Met name Adobe was hier de dupe van en het onderwerp kwam ook terug in Steve Jobs’ ‘Thoughts on Flash‘. Enige voorwaarde die Apple nu nog wel stelt, is dat apps geen extra code downloaden na aankoop.

“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.”

Op het hoofdkantoor van Adobe slaakt men op dit moment waarschijnlijk een diepe zucht van opluchting…

Engadget heeft een selectie uit de ‘App Store Review Guidelines’ gepubliceerd. De regels blijken geschreven in een erg informele stijl. Hieronder een selectie:

“We have lots of kids downloading lots of apps, and parental controls don’t work unless the parents set them up (many don’t). So know that we’re keeping an eye out for the kids.”

“We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don’t need any more Fart apps.”

“We have lots of serious developers who don’t want their quality Apps to be surrounded by amateur hour.”

“If your app is rejected, we have a Review Board that you can appeal to. If you run to the press and trash us, it never helps.”

“This is a living document, and new apps presenting new questions may result in new rules at any time. Perhaps your app will trigger this.”

“If it sounds like we’re control freaks, well, maybe it’s because we’re so committed to our users and making sure they have a quality experience with our products.”

“Apps that include undocumented or hidden features inconsistent with the description of the app will be rejected.”

“Apps that duplicate apps already in the App Store may be rejected, particularly if there are many of them.”

“Apps that browse the web must use the iOS WebKit framework and WebKit Javascript.”

“Apps with metadata that mentions the name of any other mobile platform will be rejected.”

“Apps which appear confusingly similar to an existing Apple product or advertising theme will be rejected.”

“Apps that misspell Apple product names in their app name (i.e., GPS for Iphone, iTunz) will be rejected.”

“App user interfaces that mimic any iPod interface will be rejected.”

“Apps that look similar to apps bundled on the iPhone, including the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBookstore, will be rejected.”

“Apps that create alternate desktop/home screen environments or simulate multi-app widget experiences will be rejected.”

“If your user interface is complex or less than very good it may be rejected.” “In general, the more expensive your app, the more thoroughly we will review it.”

“Professional political satirists and humorists are exempt from the ban on offensive or mean-spirited commentary.”

“Apps that include games of Russian roulette will be rejected.”

“Apps containing pornographic material, defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings”, will be rejected.”

“Apps that contain user generated content that is frequently pornographic (ex “Chat Roulette” apps) will be rejected.”

“Apps that enable illegal file sharing will be rejected.”

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