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Apple has announced that they have dropped the iPhone Non-Disclosure Agreement for released iPhone software.
We have decided to drop the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for released iPhone software.

We put the NDA in place because the iPhone OS includes many Apple inventions and innovations that we would like to protect, so that others don’t steal our work. It has happened before. While we have filed for hundreds of patents on iPhone technology, the NDA added yet another level of protection. We put it in place as one more way to help protect the iPhone from being ripped off by others.

However, the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone’s success, so we are dropping it for released software. Developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering released software within a week or so. Please note that unreleased software and features will remain under NDA until they are released.

Thanks to everyone who provided us constructive feedback on this matter.
Apple is expected to release a new version of the NDA next week which will still cover unreleased software and features. This move should open up discussion between developers as well as publication of books on the iPhone SDK. Both activities have been limited due to the continuation of the non-disclosure agreement.



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yippy

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Mar 14, 2004
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Sounds good, this is something people have been complaining about. I hope it allows for more interest in iPhone development.
 
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nlivo

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This is amazingly good news! I think this is the first article on Macrumors I have bothered to even vote for it to be Positive or Negative.
 
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CrownSeven

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Aug 14, 2008
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Well then, I guess I will be purchasing a new MBP once the redesign is released to start developing iPHONE apps.

Now just fix that damn nvidia issue.
 
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xix

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Jun 5, 2008
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"It has happened before"

Sure has, don't forget it. This is extremely good news and very exciting.
 
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iOrlando

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Jul 20, 2008
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wow...pretty big development here.....

apple doesnt want any more negative backlash from andriod and the whole concept of "openess" when it comes to mobile platforms.
 
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commander.data

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Nov 10, 2006
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This is great news.

I may be cynical, but I hope they aren't going to use this as a smoke screen for the issues regarding App Store rejection. Once that is cleared up things will be full steam ahead.
 
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Ratboy

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Feb 2, 2002
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I hope this means we'll be seeing a port of Adium for the iPhone soon.
 
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geerlingguy

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Feb 11, 2003
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Awesome! I've been trying to get by on Mac OS X Programming books + some iPhone Developer documents released by Apple alone, and I'm not advanced enough in my programming to do some of the things I'd like to. Hopefully a nice iPhone Dev book will be released by the likes of O'Reilly soon...
 
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BongoBanger

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Feb 5, 2008
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So how does this stop them from arbitrarily preventing apps from appearing in the store?

Nice bit of backtracking though.
 
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MonM

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Oct 15, 2007
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definitely a step in the right direction.

Please note that unreleased software and features will remain under NDA until they are released.

Though they've reserved the right to squash any public complaints about being stopped by the sometimes finicky review process.
 
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arn

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Though they've reserved the right to squash any public complaints about being stopped by the sometimes finicky review process.

I think that means unreleased Apple software... like Firmware 2.2.

arn
 
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McCarron

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Feb 17, 2006
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Thanks Apple! Great news, as it'll now allow much easier communication amongst developers.
 
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