Spotted by Jeffrey Johnson in the new Apple iOS 4.2 terms of service:

"4.2 Apps that use location-based APIs for automatic or autonomous control of vehicles, aircraft, or other devices will be rejected."

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Comment by Juan Soler on September 9, 2010 at 2:50pm
I cannot believe this! All I have to say is let's hear it for Android.

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Comment by John Church on September 9, 2010 at 2:59pm
I suppose they're using the "We're just being responsible" goat...
Hmphhh... closed source...
Comment by Scott Lawson on September 9, 2010 at 3:10pm
wow I wonder whats going to happen with that parrot ar drone.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 9, 2010 at 3:11pm
Andrones only now, I bet Jeffrey was looking to do something very cool with an iPhone as well. I'm quite pleased as I would never have an iPhone anyway!

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Comment by Brian Wolfe on September 9, 2010 at 3:11pm
After the Parrot video showing golfers being buzzed, I guess I'm not too surprised.

The wording is a little confusing. "location based APIs" - does that leave the door open for a ground station whereby the control of the vehicle is on board and the iPhone just displays attitude, heading and position and maybe allows way point uploading? In that case the iPhone is not acting as the navigator.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 9, 2010 at 3:12pm
The AR.Drone doesn't use a location API (it doesn't know where it is)

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 9, 2010 at 3:13pm
Its not the worst video Brian have a look here
Comment by Scott Lawson on September 9, 2010 at 3:14pm
Does that mean you could still use the Iphone OS to remotely control something if the location is not involved? Would a crude IMU be allowed?

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 9, 2010 at 3:15pm
Would it make the iPhone an ITAR issue if the location based stuff was used??

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 9, 2010 at 3:19pm

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