Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has been getting complaints from developers ever since it opened its App Store, but with competition from Google’s Android system intensifying, the company is trying to make its iTunes Store a little less onerous. Insisting that they’ve been “taking developers’ feedback to heart,” Apple said it is applying changes to its iOS Developer Program license immediately. In particular, Apple says its relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. The company says that this will give developers greater flexibility without compromising Apple’s own demands for security and control.
While the promised flexibility probably won’t appease developers completely, Apple also says it will at least provide more transparency to its approval process. The App Store Review Guidelines will be published for the first time to help developers understand how we review submitted apps. The changes to the developer license are included in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9.
In case there are still complaints, Apple’s announcement also highlights that developers have made a collective $1 billion from sales in its App Store, which contains about 250,000 apps that have been downloaded 6.5 billion times. Release