Apple Has a Change of Heart - Guidelines and Flash For All

Ty Dunitz September 9 Apple

I had to poke around for more info on this for a minute, because I honestly didn’t believe it out of hand – Apple, unprecedentedly, is relaxing its application rules for App Store developers.

Famously, developers from hither and yon have found themselves frustrated as their apps have been flippantly turned away from the App Store with little or no explanation. But apparently, Apple’s having no more of its own shenanigans.

“For the first time we are publishing the App Store Review Guidelines to help developers understand how we review submitted apps,” explains Apple in the statement. “We hope it will make us more transparent and help our developers create even more successful apps for the App Store.”

Gee, Apple. That’s suspiciously nice of you. Y’know, considering how you usually tend to play ball.

But perhaps still more suspicious? That, while listening to its developers, Apple has also opened the door to apps originally designed with Flash, ported to the iPhone/Pad/Pod. This is a downright spooky level of goodwill. Smart move, though, if Apple is interested in making peace with Adobe.

“This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need,” says Apple.

Just wow. While this isn’t the first steps to tear down Apple’s Great Wall or anything, with any luck, it’s a taste of things to come.

Written by Ty Dunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.

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  • So does that mean we will now be able to view Flash websites on the iPad? I presume this means an OS update is coming for just this purpose? Any idea how long bfore it arrives?

    • Colin

      No, this does not mean Flash is coming to iPad/iPod. It just says you can now create apps in Flash and port them to iPad/iPod. They will appear no different then an app created in Cocoa. This really only effect developers.

  • Sorry Stephn, that’s not what it means. This is just the use of Flash as a technology for making iphone and iOS APPLICATIONS. You’ll never be able to view flash websites on the iPhone.