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Poll: Has Apple Earned Your Good Will?

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Apple received a lot of praise over the weekend from the most unlikely sources.  Google, their competitor in the smartphone market, and Adobe, who hates that Apple won't put Flash on the iOS, both posted blogs thanking Apple for their recent actions which relaxed the rules on using third-party development tools.  Apple made a lot of Flash platform developers happy with that announcement.

Adobe writes:

This is great news for developers and we’re hearing from our developer community that [Flash-to-iPhone] Packager apps are already being approved for the App Store… The feature is available for developers to use today in Flash Professional CS5, and we will now resume development work on this feature for future releases…  We do want to point out that Apple’s restriction on Flash content running in the browser on iOS devices remains in place.

Google says:

Unlike the previous version, these new terms ensure that Apple’s developers have the choice of a  variety of advertising solutions (including Google’s and AdMob’s) to earn money and fund their apps… This is great news for everyone in the mobile community, as we believe that a competitive environment is the best way to drive innovation and growth in mobile advertising.

Rhomobile, a company that makes a cross-device app framework, and Mono project lead Miguel De Icaza also called Apple's announcement "great news."  Even Java developers have perked up their ears to hear if Oracle, or some other source will make a conversion tool to compile Java into one of the iOS-permitted languages.  Although Apple's model is still not as open as other platforms, iOS now has the potential to gain a large group of converts from other camps.

Has Apple's recent announcement changed your mind about Apple and the iOS platform? 


Fabrizio Giudici replied on Mon, 2010/09/13 - 3:10am

I voted for #2 (obvious), but my feelings are between #2 and #3. Let's remember that Apple can change rules at any moment and go backwards if they feel it necessary; not to say that they could just decide not to publish your app if they want.

Let's also remember that there are already third party tools for compiling from Java to iOS.

Sathish Kannath replied on Mon, 2010/09/13 - 11:58pm

Haha..what a strategy by ORACLE... by a lawsuit against google, apple tried to increase market share by allowing java and flash.. exactly what Oracle needed (Java ).. Now Android , if they support Java ME apps..its clean sweep by ORACLE.. hope they wont ruin OpenSource.. After all the Winner is Java though in another Form, if everything went smooth.

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