Apple finally got rid of its NDA (non-disclosure agreement) yesterday with iPhone developers. This would allow now for software developers to share tips, discuss common and isolated questions, and even publish iPhone SDK development books.
Apple is known for patents and proprietary licenses that keep them protected from those who rip off or steal their software stuff. But after the announcement of Google’s open-source mobile platform Android SDK last September 23, Apple may have heeded some of its inevitable aftermath. T-Mobile HTC G1 has been released to be the first phone to have Android as its mobile platform and is set to be on sale this October 22. Apple of course will keep up with the competition but have to settle for a compromise.
“However, the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone’s 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.” Apple said.
It gives more promise that’s yet to be awaited from individual and software companies that are even more excited right now to invest time and creativity for iPhone applications development.