Apple drops iPhone developer NDA

Apple drops iPhone developer NDA

Summary: Apple posted the following note today on their iPhone developer Web site: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.

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Apple posted the following note today on their iPhone developer Web site:

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.

Topics: CXO, Apple, iPhone, Mobility, Software Development, IT Employment

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  • Abandoning the Titanic?

    I know three small outfits that have almost completely dropped development of iPhone projects to jump on Android now that there's a real product. I'm sure many others are sick and tired of Apple's perpetual chokehold and want to move to a better situation.
    terry flores
    • I am sure that for many people

      they will develope on which ever platform will generate them the most income.
      GuidingLight
    • Nail on the head.... Oh wait the iPone and

      App store by all accounts are doing well. Hmmmmm?

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
      • Oh wait

        The first Android phone was announced only a few weeks back and will not even be on sale for two and a half more weeks. Mayhaps waiting for the swath of Android phones to come out and seeing how they do would be the prudent thing to do before touting the iPhone and app store's superiority. Hmmmmmm?
        tikigawd
  • Planned all along?

    I believe that Apple wanted the platform
    to settle down a bit and ensure they could
    control potential problems to a reasonable
    degree.

    The fact that Apple announced support
    for university level courses in
    programming for the iPhone is a pretty
    good indication that the NDA was going to
    be eased off.

    As for leaving the platform, news of a part
    time 17 year old programmer making
    $200,000+ in 3 months seems like pretty
    good motivation to stay with it to me.
    We'll see how things go over the next 12
    months.
    Ken_z
  • RE: Apple drops iPhone developer NDA

    We Just became an iPhone Developer the support is great, the widgets are great and the apple platform is great. Normally I would not say any good things due to people attacking with bad but our experience is all really good. They were very through in our screening but all is well.

    our application is for pizza search's pulling from http://www.pizza.net

    If you like pizza I know you will just love this app
    adam@...
  • Yup

    I don't have a smart phone, but I am rather impressed that,
    given the iPhone's relatively tiny market share, the Apple
    Apps Store had 100 million fee and free downloads in their
    first 60 days. Wonder what is next?
    frabjous
  • RE: Apple drops iPhone developer NDA

    Apple, please stop acting like Microsoft. Please go back to your roots of "Think Different" and allow all of us to "Think Different" and be free from these outrageous agreements and rules.
    phatkat
  • RE: Apple drops iPhone developer NDA

    I think that I want to write an Application that would flash the phone with all zeros. Nah, it is not worth the time.
    jfreedle2@...