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FTC secrecy confirms investigation of Apple SDK rules

updated 08:00 am EDT, Wed August 4, 2010

FOIA denial proves FTC checking Apple's iOS blocks

The FTC has indirectly confirmed an investigation into Apple's iOS SDK rules as it has denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the complaint. Officials exempted all of Adobe's 189-page document from the openness demand by Wired as its publication could "reasonably be expected to interfere" with ongoing cases. The agency didn't directly acknowledge the case or provide details.

The complaint was made by Adobe after Apple banned cross-compiling apps for submission to the App Store. Apple has insisted that it doesn't want dependence on outside tools as they could lead to developers waiting on a third-party's updates regardless of how much Apple advances the platform on its own. The iPhone creator has previously pointed out that Adobe's dependence on outside tools not only stalled the arrival of Creative Suite for Intel but led it to only just produce Cocoa-based code with CS5.

Adobe, however, has noted that Apple's rules conveniently make cross-platform development difficult. As developers can't write a mobile app once using Flash CS5 and expect to reach iOS devices, they often need to spend money and time on separate development tools to address iPhones and iPads in addition to Android and other platforms. Wired to produce its iPad magazine had to use a workaround after Adobe's tablet magazine tools were invalidated by the sudden iOS SDK change.

Apple has come under increasing scrutiny in many areas of its business, such as its music deals and e-book publishing agreements.



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  1. chefpastry

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    Cry Baby

    Now I know why that cry baby, Shantanu has been so quiet.

  1. facebook_Thomas

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    And while at it

    FTC, please get to work on forcing that xbox, PS3, Wii, android, ios cross compiler as well cause i want to play halo on all devices and i don't care what the manufactures say! It's all just software right

    Adobe needs to give up. Its not going to happen

  1. DeezNutts

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    Re: and while at it


    Start lobbying them to do so you feel it has hurt your business and your customers.
    Halo would be up to Bungie as to what platforms its released on.

    I'm not sure you even grasp what is at stake here or even what the issue is.

  1. testudo

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    Re: And while at it

    FTC, please get to work on forcing that xbox, PS3, Wii, android, ios cross compiler as well cause i want to play halo on all devices and i don't care what the manufactures say! It's all just software right

    Um, I didn't realize that xbox, ps3, wii, and android all told you what tools you had to use to create your software and that using any other tool, by default, meant it wouldn't be accepted.

    Oh, I get it. You're trying to be sarcastic (trying being the operative word) by bringing up a completely different and silly argument and saying that, since they're looking at one thing related to 'software', then they should look at anything and everything related to software. Oh, funny.

  1. testudo

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    Re: And while at it

    Oh, and you do realize that, at most, this is an 'investigation'. An investigation is when some investigates a matter based on a complaint. I know, you think it is so obvious that they shouldn't even bother investigating. h***, just have someone look at it and go "Oh, Adobe's just crying. Denied!".

    If there's a complaint, the FTC's job is to investigate. Hold on to your complete disdain for the procedure until they actually issue an order or something.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Cry Baby

    Now I know why that cry baby, Shantanu has been so quiet.

    Yeah, what a cry baby. He's trying to help his large customer base get their software created with his product onto the hot-new toy, the iPhone. And Apple, in an arbitrary rule made out of spite or silliness, has basically told him that his customers should stay away or spend $$$ to make their apps.

    Yeah, you are so right. I'm sure if you were in this position, you'd just tell all your customers that your product is useless for them and they should just go and spend a bunch of money making a separate app for that device. Because who the h*** cares what your customer's think, anyway. Right!

  1. Person Man

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    Developing for consoles

    Actually, Testudo, when it comes to developing for major video game consoles you're forced to use the tools that the manufacturer gives you, as well. Plus you have to pay thousands of dollars to do so, which puts it out of the hands of ordinary people. This does not count the unofficial homebrew development kits.

    http://news.cnet.com/sony-ps3-is-hard-to-develop-for-on-purpose/

    The Playstation 3 development kit costs ~$10,000.

    Microsoft does the same as Apple and requires that you use their tools for developing for it. To their credit, Microsoft offers hobbyists an affordable way to develop games for it, and it costs $100, like Apple's developer program.

    The Wii development kit costs around $1700, and requires a special version of the Wii console, which is part of the kit.

    Android, being open source, is pretty easy to develop for, and you can use what you like to develop for it.

    I'm not trying to defend Apple, or attack you. I'm just pointing out that there are similarities and differences among the various examples given above.

    Besides, the good thing is that the barriers to entry for iPhone and Android development are fairly low (unless you count having to purchase a Mac for developing, and even then a Mac mini costs $700).

  1. facebook_Thomas

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    So testudo

    Why do you even come to these forums? All i ever read is you bashing other opinions. What is your opinion? Obviously you had no clue what it takes to develop on other gaming platforms so what is your take on this?

    Or do you just like to start fights? Is that what turns you on?

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