In a statement to developers on its iPhone Developer Program website; Apple had announced a few weeks back that they have dropped the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) for released iPhone Firmware. Apple has now posted a new iPhone developer agreement as promised.
To kick things off, Apple has also launched an iPhone developer forum which is open to all approved iPhone developers.
There are also reports that Apple has started seeding iPhone firmware 2.2 Beta 2 to iPhone developers which requires them to first accept the new developer agreement.
Apple has removed the confidentiality clause and made several other changes in the new iPhone developer agreement.
Here is an excerpt from the new iPhone developer agreement:
You agree that 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 (defined below) will be considered and referred to as “Apple Confidential Information”.
So it means that released iPhone firmware like firmware 2.1 and below is no longer covered by the NDA, while iPhone firmware 2.2 which is still in beta is still under NDA.
Apple also restricts "Apple Events" and "Paid Content" including premium content such as WWDC.
This means that developers can feel free to
discuss the iPhone APIs of firmware that has been released and also share tips and source code with fellow developers. This should also the publication of iPhone tutorials and books which was previously restricted by Apple’s original agreement.
To kick things off, Apple has also announced an iPhone developer forum at http://devforums.apple.com/, which includes its own set of agreements that states:
“Apple may provide you with access to confidential forums within the Apple Developer Forums for discussion of certain Apple Confidential Information, such as the discussion of pre-release software. For purposes of such confidential forums, Apple is providing a limited exception to your iPhone Developer Agreement(s) by allowing you to discuss Apple Confidential Information that you have obtained from Apple under such agreement(s) with other Participants who are also on such confidential forums, but only within these confidential forums. Except for the limited purpose of discussions with other Participants within these confidential forums, you acknowledge and agree that this Agreement does not grant you the right to copy, reproduce, publish, blog, disclose, transmit, or otherwise disseminate any Apple Confidential Information.”
There are also reports that Apple has started seeding iPhone firmware
2.2 Beta 2 to iPhone developers which requires them to first accept the
new developer agreement. If developers don’t accept the terms of the
Agreement by November 6th, 9 p.m. PST, then apparently their access to
the program portal will be denied.
There is currently no information available about the changes in iPhone firmware 2.2 Beta 2, we will keep you posted as soon as we get more details.
iPhone firmware 2.2 Beta 1 has already revealed tweaks to iPhone Safari’s User Interface, App Store Application, Google Street View, Japanese Emoji Icons and the ability to turn off auto-correction.
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