Apple's NDA secrecy isn't about shutting up developers and such but to keep certain folks from taking a peak at what Apple's iPhone development details are like.
Now that the bulk of its competitors have launched or are close to launch their products and SDK, it was time for Apple to let its developers out into the wild.
Why it could not mention this is a little strange. We'll have more details as this situation develops. Needless to say, this is welcoming new. This is the text on the developer page :
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.
How much you want to bet Apple is taking Android seriously? This kind of takes away anything Google and T-Mobile can use against Apple.