Apple made a significant change to its iOS Developer Program license by lifting the ban on third-party application programming interfaces, as well as making its app review guidelines public. The 180-degree change may be sparked by regulator's plans to look into Apple's developer policies, as continuing to shut out developed may have landed the company in legal trouble.
We have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart. Based on their input, today we are making some important changes to our iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9 to relax some restrictions we put in place earlier this year.
In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need.