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.
There’s no byline attached, but it reads like one of those once-a-year open letters from Steve Jobs. Same formatting, including the use of Verdana 12px as the body font, as “Thoughts on Music”. Tell-tale sentence: “It has happened before.”