Apple Lightens Up on App Rules

Apple has been heavily criticized for its approach to iPhone and iPad application development, but it seems to be taking some steps to smooth developer relations. The company will now allow programmers to use third-party developer tools, such as Flash. And the company has published its approval guidelines, providing more direction on which apps are likely to make it into the App Store.

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“We don’t need any more Fart apps,” say the guidelines. “If your app doesn’t do something useful or provide some form of lasting entertainment, it may not be accepted.” Other apps that may be rejected include the following:

  • Apps with bugs.
  • Duplicates of existing apps.
  • Apps that encourage alcoholism, underage smoking, or use of illegal drugs.
  • Interfaces that are too complicated.
  • Apps that involve Russian roulette.

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