The iPhone developers were walking around the office yesterday with smiles on their faces. Not only was it Friday but news spread that the iOS terms of service drama was over. In case you missed it, Apple reversed course on the decision to force developers into using Xcode/Objective-C. They issued a press release that outlined new terms that allow developers to:
- Use third party development platforms, such as MonoTouch and Appcelerator, to create iPhone applications. In a blog post on the decision, Jeff Haynie signaled that Appcelerator was in the clear and thanked developers for their continued support.
- Use mobile advertising platforms other than iAds/Quattro. Google was also gushing about the new terms of service and how the mobile community will benefit by having multiple platforms in the mix.
- Use third party mobile analytics platforms, such as flurry, motally (now owned by Nokia) and Distimo.
On the third point however, the new terms reinforced the need for developers to respect user privacy. Continue reading