Steve Jobs writes back to moaning developers

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has responded via e-mail to a developer who expressed his unhappiness with changes to the developer program licence agreement for the iPhone 4.0 software development kit. Last week we reported Apple had given developers the bird.

According to Apple Insider, Greg Slepak, CEO of TaoEffect, rattled off an e-mail to Jobs after learning the iPhone 4 SDK banned the porting of Flash, Java and Mono applications.

He was particularly miffed that the new agreement prohibits the development of apps using “an intermediary translation or compatibility layer tool.”

He told St Steve the reaction to the change across the entire internet was negative. He said Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, who was Jobs’ “biggest fan” even slagged it off.

Jobs reportedly responded by saying that “we” think John Gruber’s post is very insightful and not negative.”

Slepak wrote back saying that Apple’s changes are “limiting creativity itself,” and said he believes there are a number of applications written with cross-platform frameworks that are “amazing,” such as Mozilla Firefox.

Three minute’s later Jobs replied that Apple had “been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform,” he wrote.