Device firm lightens up attitude towards developers discussing platform technology

Apple drops NDA for released iPhone games

Apple has lifted the NDA restricting developers from talking about software for its iPhone and iPod Touch platforms.

The move is designed to free up developers and, Apple notes, sets them up to keep espousing the virtues of its best-selling devices.

Developers will still have to stick to an NDA that covers iPhone hardware and new features, however.

A statement from Apple reads:

"To Our Developers

"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 don’t 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 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."

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