It is well known that Apple has been very strict when it comes to the discussion regarding its unreleased or unannounced operating systems. This move is a pace forward in Apple’s very restrictive attitude towards its developer policy. This will not only allow developers to talk and share ideas about Apple’s unreleased operating system but will also provide them with an official forum for discussing these topics.
This shift comes after Apple eased off the pressure when it comes to iPhone development, releasing portions of its SDK from Non-Disclosure Agreements limits, allowing developers new freedom to collaborate with each other, conduct developer training sessions, and print guides and tutorials.
This is somewhat the good part, the bad part is that the new discussion board will be available ONLY for members of Apple’s Premier and Select developer programs, who also have access to the developer seed releases. Apple gives the new forums a “Beta” tag, which is peculiar considering that the company has operated forums on other topics for a number of years.
Apple has said in a mail to the members of the developer program that the forums will “provide a collaborative environment to post Mac OS X Snow Leopard development topics and questions for an open discussion with other Mac developers and Apple engineers.”
All that i can say is “Bravo Apple!” this is a step forward to strengthening the relation between user-developer-company.
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