Monday saw the release of Apple’s iOS 4.3 WebKit source code following a 2 month delay that had developers complaining openly. Developers weren’t the only ones with criticism for Apple, GPL Violations made public the fact that there had been no new release since iOS 4.3 was brought out in March. Three iterations of iOS have followed that release and no subsequent source code was made available in the repository.
Most outrage stems from the apparent disregard for compliance with the absence of a reasonable explanation and because Apple does not appear apologetic over their procrastination. Apple has not indicated if this type of delay is their intention for releases going forward but it seems likely given that it took them a reported 6 months to release source code following iOS 4.1.
The delay has been compared to Google’s reluctance to release the source code to Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) citing that it wasn’t ready. This delay is entertaining for many because Apple fans responded to that news with mockery despite this 60-day lag for their own source code release.