iPhone's Facebook app developer refuses to work with Apple
''I am philosophically opposed to the existence of their review process''
"My decision to stop iPhone development has had everything to do with Apples policies," he tells TechCrunch, and the rest of the world via Twitter.
This embarrassing bombshell drops on Apple after the company's application review process (which is regularly criticised by developers for its opaqueness) terminally fell out of favour with the Facebook developer.
"I respect their right to manage their platform however they want," Hewitt continues, "however I am philosophically opposed to the existence of their review process. I am very concerned that they are setting a horrible precedent for other software platforms, and soon gatekeepers will start infesting the lives of every software developer."
While Apple receives plenty of criticism for the way in which applications are submitted to the App Store, few of those complaints come from such high-profile programmers. Hewitt helped develop the Firefox web browser, its development plug-in Firebug, and has been the driving force behind Facebook's presence on iPhone since the beginning.
Even if the management at Apple take no notice, Cupertino's front-line troops certainly will.