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Developers rejected from iPhone program

updated 05:35 pm EDT, Fri March 14, 2008

iPhone devs rejected

Hundreds if not more of the developers who applied to Apple's iPhone Developer Program have been rejected for membership. The $100 program promised developer support, entry to the iPhone AppStore and other benefits. Part of a published portion of the rejection letter reads: "We have received your enrollment request. At this time, the iPhone Developer Program is available to a limited number of developers and we plan to expand the program during the course of the beta period. We will contact you again regarding your enrollment status at the appropriate time." As pointed out by TUAW, however, "this is less about 'rejection' than it is about developers being unable to commit resources when Apple won't give a firm go-ahead. Feel free to think about it as a 'limbogram' rather than an outright rejection."

Apple's development kit uses the same programming language and interface used by Apple itself and now includes Cocoa Touch, an API designed to add touchscreen input. Programmers now use a modified version of Xcode that is not only used to write programs for the iPhone but to manage them as well, including designing the visual interface, source control, and debugging. Developers can also test the final results in an environment known as the iPhone Simulator,

Apple previously announced that in the first four days following the release of the beta iPhone SDK, over 100,000 downloads have been processed through the Apple Developer Connection, to which people must officially belong before they can use the software. "Developer reaction to the iPhone SDK has been incredible with more than 100,000 downloads in the first four days," reads a statement by Apple's senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing, Philip Schiller. "Also, over one million people have watched the launch video on Apple.com, further demonstrating the incredible interest developers have in creating applications for the iPhone."

Apple has also let slip the names of some more companies planning iPhone software. These include Intuit, the makers of Quickbooks; NetSuite, who plan to upgrade SuitePhone; and Six Apart, who are developing a native iPhone application for TypePad. Apple has also revealed that PopCap is porting games such as Bejeweled, Zuma and Peggle to the iPhone platform, while Namco is bringing updated versions of Pac-Man and Galaga.




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  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Care no, know yes.

    Do not care what is going on but I want to know what is going on. If Apple is handling all inquiries with the same due diligence that they have been handling mine, they are wasting a lot of manpower. A simple explanation at the top of the page would be nice. Just a note to explain the triple certification process would be nice. Worked on simulation then hit the device brick wall. It is so disappointing. Just need to know beyond the mcrotardian approach. Has anyone noticed that this is happening a lot lately?

  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Sigh

    People don't seem to realize that testing apps on your iPhone requires the beta 2.0 firmware which isn't ready for public consumption.

    Total FUD.

  1. Rincewind

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Read carefully.

    "At this time, the iPhone Developer Program is available to a limited number of developers and we plan to expand the program during the course of the beta period."

    Doesn't sound like rejection to me...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: sigh

    People don't seem to realize that testing apps on your iPhone requires the beta 2.0 firmware which isn't ready for public consumption.

    Um, this isn't about people. It is about developers. Developers deal with beta c*** that's not ready for public consumption all the time. How else do you expect those developers to have software ready for release when a new OS is released? (Although Apple kept GM releases of 10.5 from many developers until Apple shipped the blasted thing, meaning some software updates weren't available at launch time).

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