Apple has officially announced today that it is back tracking on its previous statement of not allowing third party tools. Apple has specifically stated that they are relaxing their rules to allow for third party development tools as long as they do not download code.
Apple states, "In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need."
This sharp course direction could be a result of many things, but for Adobe, this is particularly good news. While Adobe did go public with its complaints against Apple, many feel that it may have been the developers who were actually doing most of the complaining. By allowing third party tools, developers can use their preferred software package to create Apps for the iOS platform.
Apple has also published their App Store guidelines for all to see. This is the first time Apple has publicly disclosed its policy and will hopefully give developers better insight to Apple's policies prior to development.