Apple Eases Guidelines for iOS Developers

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Apple issued a press release today stating they will be relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps.

Apple also stated that in a effort to be more transparent, they will publish a App Store Review Guidelines document to help developers understand how apps are reviewed.


My favorite quote from the new guidelines is “We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don’t need any more Fart apps. If your app doesn’t do something useful or provide some form of lasting entertainment, it may not be accepted.”

Apple states that it’s guidelines is a “living document,” something that will evolve over time as the company is “presented with new apps and situations.” The company promises to continually update the guidelines to reflect changes.

Apple still reserves the right to decide what content is considered “over the line” without clearly spelling it out in the guidelines.

“What line, you ask?” it reads. “Well, as a Supreme Court Justice once said, ‘I’ll know it when I see it.’ And we think that you will also know it when you see it.”