Today Apple announced a new section to its iPhone Dev Center called the "App Store Resource Center." This new section provides developers with important information on how to manage applications they've submitted to the App Store. In their words, it's "a single destination designed to make it easier for you to find details on everything you need to know about distributing your app on the App Store — from how to prepare for app submission to managing your app once it's been posted." While the new section doesn't seem to contain any remarkable info for App Store veterans, it's likely to significantly help new developers when managing their apps in the store. Back in August Apple added a "News and Announcements" section, app approval statistics, and contact information to the iPhone Dev Center.
Just last week, Apple launched the iPhone Developer University Program, a free educational program aimed at universities to teach students of computer science how to develop software for the iPhone. The move has raised a lot of questions about how such a course could be taught with the current NDA restrictions Apple has in place.
Since its launch, the App Store has been a huge success, offering over 900 apps, and already several million downloads in total. However, Apple's app distribution system does have one inherent flaw. Currently there is no way for a developer to give free access to a paid app for one specific iPhone, which leaves them with no way to beta test apps without pushing it as an update to all users.
So the App Store has been open for weeks, but Apple has yet to lift the NDA on what developers can disclose to each other and the public about what their working on. As you might guess, quite a few of these developers are pretty darn upset, and as TUAW points out, have voiced their frustration on an aptly named website, F***ingNDA.com (link url is NSFW), which collects together tweets from developers cursing the iPhone app NDA. Will Apple respond to their pleas and lift the contract? Who knows.