With the announcement of an iPhone with a faster processor, twice the RAM, and improved 3D rendering capabilities, there has been some concern that developers might start making apps that require the new hardware, leaving 3G and original iPhone owners in the dust. While it seems likely to happen eventually, it's still a ways off, and at least one developer, Ngmoco is sticking by previous-generation device owners.
Apple is ramping up their testing of the push notification system for iPhone apps by asking developers running the iPhone OS 3.0 Beta build to download an unreleased version of the Associated Press iPhone app that has been modified to include push notifications. The trial will last for seven days, after which time the redemption code for the app and the functionality of the app will end. Full text of the email after the break.
Apple has released version five of the iPhone 3.0 software (Build 7A312g) to developers, as well as a new pre-releas version of iTunes 8.2 and version five of the SDK (build 9M2735). As was the case with the last beta software download, iTunes 8.2 is required in order to install the latest beta OS. We're still waiting on details about new features and changes from the previous version.
We've already heard about the developers upset about late or missing payments from Apple. Now TechCrunch reports that that isn't the worst of it, and some developers are even threatening legal action. Many of the complaints on the developer forums (1,2) paint a pretty ugly picture of how Apple is treating their developers.
Apple Seeds iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 4, Pre-Release Of iTunes 8.2 [Update: Multiple iTunes Accounts, Notes Sync Requires 10.5.7]
Apple has seeded version 4 of the iPhone OS 3.0 beta to developers, as well as a pre-release version of iTunes 8.2, which is required to activate the new beta OS. No new features have been found in the new beta as of yet, but we'll let you know as they come up. [via Apple]
Apple has posted video interviews with four developers working with the iPhone SDK in anticipation of WWDC in June. In each one, the developers talk about how their experience of working with the tools and frameworks provided with the iPhone SDK to create their own unique applications and selling them in the App Store.
Apple has seeded iPhone OS 3.0 beta 3 to developers along with a new version of the SDK. Changes in iPhone OS 3.0 beta 3 have yet to be discovered, although Apple does note that apps targeted for devices prior to 3.0 will be unable to be tested on beta 3.
In an email sent out earlier today, Apple is inviting all registered iPhone app developers to test their apps with the Apple Push Notification service for the first time. Prior to this, the service was available for testing by just a select few developers. Now Apple has invited all registered developers to the program.
Apple's been doing what they can to fight jailbreaking of iPhones and iPod touches since day one, but now they've put it down on paper in the latest edition of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement. The document now forbids developers who want to develop using Apple's SDK from jailbreaking, assisting others with jailbreaking, or developing apps for jailbroken devices.
MacRumors reports that Apple has seeded the second version of the iPhone OS 3.0 beta to developers. There's no word on any major differences with the new update, but it's available to registered developers. It is interesting to see them release an update for it so soon, however.