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Well That’s Just Peachy, Apple

Apple announced today that they would be lifting their ban on using 3rd party development tools to create apps for their store. It only took about 4 months for Apple to remove the ban, which was enforced in early April of this year. In their official announcement Apple wrote:

We have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart. Based on their input, today we are making some important changes to our iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9 to relax some restrictions we put in place earlier this year.

Whether their change of heart is truly due to developer backlash or if it’s a result of legal pressure is unclear. I think it’s important that we focus on the outcome. Developers can go back to building games with the tools they are most comfortable. Apple still holds the key to the kingdom, but they can no longer discriminate simply based on platform of origin.

A fun game that runs well is… a fun game that runs well. Whether an app has been built with Unity, Objective C or Actionscript is immaterial. The onus of writing reliable, efficient code is still on the developer. The patrons of the App Store should be allowed to decide what belongs on the store by voting with their dollars. And now they can.

To Apple, I say thank you.

To the developers, I’ll say this: When you’re cooking up your next app, keep the words of Jurassic Park’s Ian Malcolm in mind. “…your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” Make apps that fill a need, innovate or do something better than an existing app. Flooding the store with dress-up games and soundboards just because we can will only leave us with: I told you so.

As an added bonus, Apple also announced that they will finally be publishing their App Store Review Guidelines. Developers now have a clearer picture of whether their app has a shot at getting to see the wizard… before they make the long trek to OZ. TechCrunch put together a decent summary article that points out Apple’s casual tone. To me, Apple sounds like a parent taking a first cautious step with their teenager… “OK, I’m going to let you stay out past curfew just this once, don’t disappoint me.”… Let’s not get grounded again.

And no, I’m not apologizing for the title of this article…

Interview with Flash’s Co-Creator, Jonathan Gay

Aaron Simpson and I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Jonathan Gay, co-creator of Flash, to talk to him about what’s been going on with Apple and Adobe these days. OK, so we didn’t actually get to sit down with him, we emailed him questions, but we were seated while we were writing them. Shut up. I’m sorry, let’s never fight again.

Anyway, as a long time Flash enthusiast and recent Mac convert (I do love my iPhone) this has been a topic of great interest to me. So I was very excited when Aaron asked me to help him come up with some questions for Jon.

I will keep this brief because there’s a lot of meat to the interview, though I would like to say this: With Jonathan free from direct involvement in either Adobe or Apple, we knew he would be able to speak openly about the driving forces behind and the implications of Apple’s exclusion of Flash and commitment to HTML5. He brings some thoughts to this discussion that I haven’t yet heard from either side and though there are moments when you’ll wonder if he’s playing favorites (after all Flash is near and dear to his heart) I found his responses to be well thought out, honest and fair.

Before I send you off to the interview I have to thank Jonathan Gay for taking time to indulge our curiosities and to Aaron Simpson for asking me to work with him on this. Discussion is a good thing and I hope Jonathan’s thoughts can help keep it going.

Hop on over to Cold Hard Flash to read the interview with Jonathan Gay, which covers Apple, Adobe Flash and the dwindling population of the Giant Panda. Note: Interview’s panda bear content may be lower than advertised.

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