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Is Unity3d banned by new Apple SDK licence?

I appears that Unity3d is banned explicitly by the new iPhone OS4 license. See:

3.3.1 Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited).

Can Unity3d confirm this? It's a sad day.

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asked Apr 08, 2010 at 09:11 PM

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This is a bit of an official Flash reaction! They sound angry ...
http://theflashblog.com/?p=1888

Apr 09, 2010 at 05:56 PM alexnode

Likely relevant to your interests, on MonoTouch: http://lists.ximian.com/pipermail/monotouch/2010-April/001878.html

Apr 11, 2010 at 09:23 AM Ricardo

It's spelled i-everything for a very good reason. Self centered company is all it is. Wouldn't even care if they changed all the rules. I will gladly stay i-free for all eternity!

Nov 15, 2010 at 02:58 PM Proclyon

14 answers and there is still no accepted answer?

Dec 16, 2010 at 01:04 AM fireDude67
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14 answers: sort voted first

We just heard about the iPhone OS4.0 and the new Terms-Of-Service. While we believe we are fully compliant with these we are right now doing all we can to get this verified by Apple. As soon as we know precisely, we will of course share that info with everybody. Please hang tight while we get this sussed out.

Update: here is our blogpost with our view on the situation so far:

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answered Apr 08, 2010 at 09:45 PM

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Here's an official statement regarding this question by our CEO David.

UPDATE: Apple has taken back their stance on this topic, so Unity and the iPhone TOS is now no longer an issue. See this blogpost.

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answered Apr 10, 2010 at 01:35 AM

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Apple has agreed to relax standards on iOS game development.

http://www.develop-online.net/news/35823/Apple-reverses-dev-tool-lockout

"The mobile devices giant says it is 'relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps' on the proviso that the resulting apps do not download any additional code."

This is also going to open the way for flash developers as well.

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answered Sep 09, 2010 at 03:31 PM

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Sep 09, 2010 at 04:48 PM bowditch
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we believe we are fully compliant with these

I dearly hope so...but on what basis are you making this judgement?

Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript

Seems depressingly clear.

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answered Apr 08, 2010 at 10:20 PM

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This is a legal contract, and you are not a lawyer. "Application" in this context is defined in Subsection "3.3" as "Any Application developed using this Apple Software". In that context, "Application" and "Apple Software" is defined (I think) in the definitions at the beginning of the LA. Not to mention that in this case, "originally", "developed", etc. are all words defined by legal precedence.

Apr 09, 2010 at 07:09 PM Andrey

(PS - IANAL either :-P)

Apr 09, 2010 at 07:09 PM Andrey
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Guys don't worry. Unity compiles all the code down through Objective-C or straight C/C++ before it gets deployed, so even though you write your game in C#, the code is still compiled as Apple-approved C code. ;) This won't present any problems at all, and you shouldn't worry.

If Apple puts up a fight about this, it'll be bull* * * *, but I'm not worrying at all.

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answered Apr 09, 2010 at 08:00 AM

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We all know that, and that is what apple is banning right now.

Apr 09, 2010 at 02:34 PM Seth Illgard

So yeah, we have something to worry about.

Apr 09, 2010 at 02:35 PM Seth Illgard

Well, like I said, if they ban Unity, it'll be crap. I don't think Unity iPhone will stop existing just because Apple are jerks.

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