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Apple Again Encouraging Mac Developers to Sign Up for Developer ID Ahead of OS X Mountain Lion

Apple today sent out an email encouraging Mac developers to sign up for the company's Developer ID program so that their apps can be properly signed ahead of the launch of OS X Mountain Lion later this year. Mountain Lion's Gatekeeper feature gives users the ability to set limits on app installation, with the new "Developer ID" program providing a middle ground of security by which developers can certify that they are the developer behind a given application package.


Should the developer be found to behave maliciously, Apple will be able to revoke the Developer ID associated with that developer, preventing applications signed with the ID from running and causing further harm to users.
The Mac App Store is the safest place for users to get software for their Mac, but we also want to protect users when they get applications from other places. Gatekeeper is a new feature in OS X Mountain Lion that helps protect users from downloading and installing malicious software. Signing your applications, plug-ins, and installer packages with a Developer ID certificate lets Gatekeeper verify that they are not known malware and have not been tampered with.
This marks the second such mass emailing to encourage adoption of Developer ID among the Mac developer community, as Apple sent out a similar mailing back in late February following its announcement of OS X Mountain Lion. The next major operating system is due for public launch in "late summer" and will undoubtedly be a featured topic at Apple's sold-out Worldwide Developers Conference in early June.


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56 months ago

Gate keeper? Seems eerily like some MS product.




What I thought of when I saw that graphic...
Rating: 36 Votes
56 months ago

Image (http://img2.findthebest.com/sites/default/files/259/media/images/Microsoft_Security_Essentials_2012_Anti-Virus_Software.jpg)

What I thought of when I saw that graphic...


Except that Apple's makes more sense from a castle design perspective. They didn't have windows covering the front enterance back then! :D
Rating: 14 Votes
56 months ago
We all know that this will come as a huge surprised to some developers when ML is released, won't it?
Rating: 11 Votes
56 months ago

Nope. You are either missing the point, or simply spinning the Apple talking points.

It is in fact very likely that Gatekeeper is another step in creating an iOS walled garden on our desktops, where only apps approved by Apple will be allowed on our "stock" Macs.

And this is NOT a good thing.

I actually jumped to Android precisely because I got tired of jailbreaking my iPhones so that I can tether, or use them on TMobile (once I realized how much better/cheaper it is than AT&T).


Sounds like you've been using the "jump to conclusion" mat again.

It is not one step closer, Mac is not iOS.
You can still install any apps.
Stop jumping to absurd conclusions.

And congratulations on going to an inferior phone/mobile operating system.
Rating: 10 Votes
56 months ago
I fully support this, but I have one MAJOR concern:

Will developers be able to sign apps with a free developer account?

My main concern is that signing will be limited to paid developer accounts, and this will create an unfair class structure where many small, independent developers, who create some of the best tools on OS X, many of them free or donationware, will have to keep forking over money just so they can become a part of the new, more secure OS X ecosystem.

I sincerely hope that is not what happens.
Rating: 9 Votes
56 months ago
Here's one area where I hope iOS learns from the Mac.

If this proves successful with Mountain Lion I sure would like to see the iPad take this approach over the app-approval process it has now.

I think it will happen eventually. Hand-checking every submission is only going to get harder and harder for Apple as time goes on.
Rating: 8 Votes
56 months ago

PS : Feel free to post a link to where Apple provide a cast iron guarantee about this not happening.


I never said anything about a cast iron guarantee. I nearly stated that they have said several times that the MAS is not going to be the only method to get apps. And really, in real life there is no cast iron guarantee. Apple can promise whatever they want and violate it tomorrow. I just know that they aren’t that dumb to do that in this instance.
Rating: 8 Votes
56 months ago

Image (http://img2.findthebest.com/sites/default/files/259/media/images/Microsoft_Security_Essentials_2012_Anti-Virus_Software.jpg)

What I thought of when I saw that graphic...



:( :mad: :(

We don't even get a flag...
Rating: 8 Votes
56 months ago
What I want to know is where Apple's icon design team went.

That icon is brutal. The shading looks all wrong, it looks flat and unfinished and untextured. The shadow on the floor is unrealistic (because the arch is curved at the top, it wouldn't cast a flat shadow unless the light source was directly above it, but then the shadow wouldn't extend behind the front of the wall).

Yes, I'm niggling about an icon. Compared to what we had before things like iTunes 10 and Launchpad rolled around (even iCloud is flawed- the anisotropy on their aluminum is all wrong), it's still crap.

What happened to the team who designed the Time Machine icon? The Safari icon? System Preferences? The Logic & Audio/MIDI icons? Etc. Those are nice icons. It worries me that: A) they're going totally monochrome in 10.7 (which to me demonstrates an aspect of laziness), and B) they actually think stuff like this is acceptable quality compared to what they've already done.

-SC
Rating: 8 Votes
56 months ago

There is the potential that the government could see this as a system by which it can force Apple to block infringing applications. Say, a game console emulator or a program that allows one to search for torrents.


As far as I understand, you'll still be able to obtain and install Mac apps from any source, but you'll be taking possible risks in doing so. The introduction of Gatekeeper is to provide a safe and reliable way of ensuring the risks are lowered for the general user base. Apple would only be able to block signed applications, so that means they would need to be approved in the first place. What is your thinking of Apple first approving a game console emulation and then revoking access based on pressure from the government? I doubt that would happen. Gatekeeper is meant to protect against malicious applications, and nothing else. Anything else would be abuse on Apple's part. Time will tell.
Rating: 7 Votes

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