Apple scraps iPhone NDA
Jobsian reality check
Apple is scrapping its controversial and unpopular "fucking" iPhone non-disclosure agreement (NDA).
The company said it's tearing up its existing agreement with members of the iPhone developer program and has promised a new contract minus NDA "within a week or so."
Apple's NDA has infuriated developers and frustrated authors and book publishers. The NDA has stopped individuals on Apple's developer program from publicly discussing what they are building, how it works with the iPhone, and what techniques they are using.
The upshot is that people are "officially" not exchanging tips and tricks, publishers are being forced to cancel otherwise helpful books, and black market advice is thriving.
Apple attributed its U-turn to the inconvenience it was placing on people and businesses, and the damage this could cause to the iPhone's future chances of success.
"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," Apple said.
The company said it devised the NDA to "protect the iPhone from being ripped off by others."
"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," Apple said.
The about face comes, though, as mobile giant Nokia gears up for the release of its own touch-screen-based alternative, with other incumbents sure to follow. Apple clearly needed to lift restrictions that would otherwise have sent software developers to rival devices.
It is unclear whether Apple will also lift the current restriction that prevents other big vendors' software - notably Adobe Systems' Flash Player and Sun Microsystems' Java Virtual Machine (JVM) - from running on the iPhone. ®
Are obscenities really needed?
What is the point of adding obscenities to an article about Apple's NDA. Try not using them in future and use inoffensive words if you want to make a point. There are many available in the dictionary.
"Is this guy Webster a 15 year old WoW playing moron impersonating a 12 year old little boy or did he just buy the wrong phone and now regrets it?"
Nah, it's just Bill Gates and SB having a bit of a laugh trying to get a rise out of fanbois, bit like prodding a bear with a stick in a zoo, except nobody told him eventually the bear grabs the stick, pulls them into the cage, and rips them a new one.
Webster, you're slipping.
Surely you could have found a way to blame it on the "librul muslim immgrunts" if you tried had enough.