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Peter Cawley wrote:
> I'm not an iPhone user or developer (Android for me), but I was under
> the impression that Apple had no problems with a VM, as long as the
> end-user couldn't write applications for the VM, and thus sidestep
> their application approval process.

Actually, that's correct. The issue Apple has is that they have such
strict (draconian!) control over their App Store application approvals
that adding a VM accessible to the public could mean that people could
run applications on their phone that violated their safety (and public
relations) standards. If the application could download & run scripts
from the net (or otherwise be installed onto the standard iPhone), an
entire suite of unsafe, unsavoury, and (more importantly) uncontrolled
by Apple functionality could be made available to the public.

So long as the application is not extendable by script, it appears Apple
is OK with Lua (I believe there are already some Lua-based apps in the
App Store). It's not VM's Apple has issues with, it is the capability of
an application to skirt around the central control Apple has over what
can & can't make it onto the iPhone.


Benjamin Tolputt
Analyst Programmer