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Apple has published new terms for its registered iPhone developer agreement that defines new limits for "Apple Confidential Information" protected by the program's Non Disclosure Agreement, allowing developers new freedom to collaborate with each other, conduct developer training sessions, and print guides and tutorials.

The new terms [PDF] replace the previous all-inclusive NDA that broadly covered any discussion of the software and tools included in the iPhone SDK, which itself was available for anyone to download after agreeing to the NDA.

Developers complained that the overly strict NDA was preventing them from being able to help each other and share their experiences with other developers, resulting in an unnecessary drag on iPhone development efforts.

In response, Apple made an announcement earlier in this month that stated "We have decided to drop the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for released iPhone software.

"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 dont steal our work. It has happened before. While we have filed for hundreds of patents on iPhone technology, the NDA added yet another level of protection. We put it in place as one more way to help protect the iPhone from being ripped off by others.

"However, the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhones success, so we are dropping it for released software. Developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering released software within a week or so. Please note that unreleased software and features will remain under NDA until they are released.

"Thanks to everyone who provided us constructive feedback on this matter."

The new agreement continues to restrict Apple Confidential Information, including "any Apple pre-release software (including related documentation and materials) and any information disclosed by Apple to you in connection with Apple Events or Paid Content."

The agreement defines Paid Content as "certain proprietary content (including, without limitation, video presentations and audio recordings) that Apple may make available to you from time to time for a separate fee."

That suggests Apple will begin distributing paid training materials through iTunes to developers, and may relate to the Apple University program that the company hired away a dean from Yale to help set up early next year. Apple already distributes confidential information to WWDC attendees through iTunes that can only be accessed by users with accounts with the appropriate access, although this content does not involve separate fees.
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Aha! It's all becoming very clear to me now!... what happened?

But seriously, this is outstanding news for developers, although I believe the greatest feedback a dev can receive is the unvarnished opinions of their customers.

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is there an iphone dev mailing list yet?
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Developers complained that the overly strict NDA was preventing them from being able to help each other and share their experiences with other developers, resulting in an unnecessary drag on iPhone development efforts.

In response, Apple made an announcement earlier in this month that stated "We have decided to drop the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for released iPhone software.

Interestting. As I've pointed out before, developers don't normally help each other or share their experiences with other developers, particularly when there is a significant opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Now, there are exceptions. But, Like most of us, we are just not that altruistic. However, in this case, it is important to understand that first come first served. As such, sharing information or techniques to get to the table first, would be the last thing that a prospecting successful developer would be inclined to do.

A good case evidencing this, is the recent announcement by O'Reilly* announcing cancellation of their event that was to do exactly what everybody was screaming that they couldn't do because of the iPhone SDK' NDA. From Macworld, who by the way yelled the loudest:

"O’Reilly first announced the conference in early September, targeting the event to iPhone developers (and those who want to become iPhone developers), web programmers and designers, project managers, user interface architects, mobile app developers, strategic decision makers, analysts, investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts."

So, my question is simply this,
"Where are all those disenchanted developers that were so vocal
in lambasting Apple's iPhone NDA policy now?"
Certainly, one would expect that they, in particular, would be supporting such an event considering that they were so vocal about the need to share information.

*http://www.macworld.com/article/1363...phonelive.html
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Speaking of the NDA I've had a few issues with Simulator.app in the SDK. This is my second uninstall, reinstall. Let's hope things settle right this time.
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of a rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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is there an iphone dev mailing list yet?

Just where do you think that it would be coming from. Certainly not Apple.

Better yet who cares. Developers surely don't want their IDs plastered all over the place.
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