Apple relaxes App Store guidelines

Flash-made apps given thumbs up by Cupertino

Changes come after draconian approach was widely condemned.

Apple has changes its guidelines for developing apps on iOS, rowing back on the stringent approach it has become renowned for in the smartphone world.

In a statement, Cupertino said, “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.”

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Essentially, this means devs can now use the likes of Adobe Flash to make iPhone, iPad and iPod touch add-ons, without risking the wrath of Apple. This goes back on Jobs and co’s previous insistence that devs use Apple’s app development tools only.

Claiming it had, “…listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart,” Apple said it was also publishing the App Store Guidelines, allowing users and devs to see just why certain apps are given the thumbs down.

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Link: Apple