Apple Drops iPhone Developer NDA On Released Software

iPhone 3G

Apple announced today that it has decided to drop the controversial iPhone developer non-disclosure agreement because it “created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone’s success.”

According to the company, in a statement released today, it “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.” But after dealing with public outcry, Apple believed it wasn’t worth it.

Apple said that developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering released software within the next week, but was quick to note that all unreleased software and features will remain under NDA until they are released.