Apple Revises Developer Program License Agreement

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

Apple has relaxed its ban on apps fetching and running extra code.

The Register reports that many companies, including our client Rollout.io, suffered from Apple’s restrictions. Rollout.io offered a hot-patching service that allowed developers to inject code into approved apps, to revise interfaces, fix bugs, and implement other changes. Back in March, Apple cracked down on hot-patching. This forced Rollout.io to abandon that particular approach and start a brand new service called Rox.

So, will Rollout.io be going back to the old incarnation of Rollout? CEO of Rollout.io Erez Rusovsky told The Register that it’s still uncertain.

“This is a difficult question to answer because the changes are open to interpretation, and because Apple has not made itself available to us to clarify its policies,” said Rusovsky. “In fact, we felt that the policy always did allow Rollout and other hot patching solutions, and still should. Apple did not change its guidelines in March when it notified Rollout customers that apps built on our framework would not be allowed in the App Store. In fact, it only reinterpreted the guidelines already in place. The portion of the guidelines that most directly impacts Rollout [Section 3.3.2, along with separate App Store Guidelines, Section 2.5.2] did not change then, or now.”

To learn more about Apple’s friendlier rules for development tools and what it means for companies like Rollout.io, read the full story from The Register.