So no doubt you’ve observed the great spectacle of frenzy over the infamous Section 3.3.1 (there’s a T-shirt in there somewhere, I know it) of the latest developer agreement:
First observation is that leaving that as an option means you can completely throw out every “it’s all about the money” or “Apple wants to stop cross-platform development” argument immediately. As we’ve mentioned before, HTML5 apps are completely cross-platform, you can avoid the App Store with them, and Apple has gone to a fair bit of trouble to make the offline HTML5 app experience pretty darn close to a native code application experience. So several whole classes of anti-Apple rant are rendered moot right there.
and Rhomobile [EDIT: Oops, Rhomobile is actually Ruby, they might be out of luck] and other miscellaneous bits are not just allowed, they are actively encouraged.
Indeed, we have word that Apple sees it that way too, at least for PhoneGap:
[ Update:: April 13, 2010 ]
I have received word from Apple that the above is STILL true! If you were concerned by the recent changes to Apple’s iPhone developer agreement, this has ZERO impact on PhoneGap!
Apps built with PhoneGap will continue to be reviewed based on their own merits and NOT dismissed/rejected because they use PhoneGap.
So there you go. You want to develop cross-platform apps, you have one already sanctioned environment and others that look like they’ll probably be deemed equally acceptable to do that. You want to focus on the iPhone, far as I’m concerned Apple is actually doing you a favour by keeping all the Flash gits out of your way. Either way, there is no problem here.
And one last thought for those that are still upset:
If Flash is such a great platform -it’s actually not bad but not that good either- go ahead and develop these killer apps on Android or WinMo7 whenever that comes out. With killer apps being available on competing platforms making a huge difference Apple will simply change the clause and allow you in. They’re not stupid.
Indeed. If you’re absolutely, totally, convinced that this is a bad move on Apple’s part … well you go right ahead and prove that!