Apple drops iPhone NDA

As a result of a new chapter beginning in my life I’m going to especially busy from now on and even more so than before. So this is going to be yet another one of those posts which declares old news because I was behind with my feeds. So anyway, Apple has dropped the iPhone NDA.

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.

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

Some of my friends and many others on the net have detested the NDA with a vengeance. Here Apple justify why they put it in place and to some degree I understand the motivation but not the means behind it. Apple are always very protective in nature of what they create. They are at the forefront of innovation with their products. They are trend setters and have revolutionized the computing, music and mobile industries. For the iPhone alone they acquired hundreds of patents to protect their intellectual property. However restricting free speech was never going to be a popular measure and certainly one that would have been close to impossible to enforce. It may have been one step too far and now it is rescinded.

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