Apple’s iPhone non-disclosure agreement (NDA) has plagued developers from all over the world ever since the release of the iPhone SDK. The NDA prevents developers from talking about iPhone software development, which in turn prevents them to share information with fellow developers, as well as to users or anyone else interested to learn.
There’s been a lot of bad press about it, especially on the Web, and for too long Apple has not responded to the issue. Until now.
Finally, Apple has decided to drop the NDA, at least for finished and released iPhone software, saying the following:
To Our Developers
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.
This is certainly great news for the iPhone developer community. Now, let’s see the devs put this to good use.
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