Gui Rambo vs. Apple

Thankfully, this was resolved today with Apple restoring Gui’s access.

The first thing that struck me when I read this was that it was just another in the long line of transgressions Apple has against the developer community. The second thing which struck me was the out-pouring of “you deserve this” sentiment on Twitter, citing the developer NDA and developer agreement all developers must sign to have a developer account with Apple. Provided that a developer cannot offer an iOS app without an Apple developer account, and that it is onerous to be a macOS developer without an Apple developer account – it seemed strange to not see sentiment the other way ’round dominating the conversation.

For as long as I’ve loved computers, being “into technology” has always been associated with a natural curiosity, the ability to tinker, and a problem-solving attitude. There has always been a fine, fine line between “hacking” and “doing bad things”. What Gui does is, morally, on the white-hat side of things. Unconscionability has been a staple of contract law “that describes terms that are so extremely unjust, or overwhelmingly one-sided in favor of the party who has the superior bargaining power, that they are contrary to good conscience.”

Is forcing a developer to not reveal features found in beta software unconscionable? Is saying “don’t touch that” to a group of people who, by their very nature, enjoy tinkering a rational and justifiable approach?

I don’t think so, but reasonable people can disagree.

Regardless, I’m hoping Rambo continues to develop cool software.

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