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Apple Reviews App Store Guidelines

Apple has announced today that it will be making some important changes to their iOS developer program license with the aim of "relaxing" some restrictions that were introduced earlier this year.

More specifically Apple says, they will be "relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as", the brief statement added, that "the resulting apps do not download any code".

The company will also publish the ASRG (App Store Review Guidelines), the set of ground rules by which Apps are either allowed or refused in the App Store.

This, Apple says, will help developers understand the reviewing process within the company and will help making the often-criticised transaction more transparent.

Surprisingly though, Apple made a clear statement about the fact that there are some types of apps that it will no longer accept including the likes of fart apps.

The company said that if an app doesn't do something useful, or provide some form of lasting entertainment, it may not be accepted.

Apple's decision to relax its App Store guidelines may have to do with the fact that Android is attracting an increasing number of developers.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.