The rope-a-dope is performed by a boxer assuming a protected stance, in Ali's classic pose, lying against the ropes, and allowing his opponent to hit him, toward the end that the opponent will tire and make mistakes which the boxer can exploit in a counter-attack.
In competitive situations other than boxing, rope-a-dope is used to describe strategies in which one party purposely puts itself in what appears to be a losing position, attempting thereby to become the eventual victor.
So today Apple announced that you'll be able to use alternative tools to create iPhone/iPad/iPod touch apps:
"... In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need."
But here's the thing, that's NOT Flash running as a plug-in in Safari. That's an Adobe tool that converts Flash applications into Native iOS applications which are submitted into the iTunes App Store, which Adobe has shown in the past.
With all the review processes and controls etc...
And at the same time Apple clarifies its rules on approvals. No 'junk' apps. Apps have to use iOS controls.