After some delay, Apple has finally released the source code for WebKit in iOS 4.3. Apple was required to do so under the Lesser GNU Public License because the company had used LGPL code in the project itself. What makes this bad, is that Apple released iOS 4.3 on March 10th, and companies are supposed […]
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Apple Releases iOS 4.3 Webkit Source Code

WebKit_icon.pngAfter some delay, Apple has finally released the source code for WebKit in iOS 4.3. Apple was required to do so under the Lesser GNU Public License because the company had used LGPL code in the project itself. What makes this bad, is that Apple released iOS 4.3 on March 10th, and companies are supposed to issued code at the same time. Apple of course, did not.

At any rate, the code is now up, and can be found at Apple’s Source page. The release includes JavaScriptCore and WebCore components. I hope someone knows what that is, because I do not.

Apple is traditionally a good player in the open source realm. Afterall they use UNIX at the core of OS X and iOS. They also developed their own browser engine (WebKit) and released that under a open source license. Companies like Google have since picked up that code, and enchanted and implemented it in their own Chrome browser. In fact, most modern browsers, both desktop and mobile, are powered by WebKit.

So, this honestly could have been an oversight on Apple’s part. But I doubt it. They were likely holding onto the code for as long as possible for security reasons.

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