More and more developers are starting to complain about late payments from Apple for app sales and bad customer service. If that weren't enough, they are requiring all developers to sign a new agreement to sell apps in the next generation of App Store that will force them to pay the entire cost of app sale refunds.
More good news for iPhone app developers came from Apple today. The company has announced that they are now allowing developers to issue free promotional copies of their applications. Developers can now issue as many as 50 promotional codes that will allow the recipient of a promotional app to download a full copy for free.
Along with the 2.2 Software update for the iPhone (and iPod touch), Apple has released a new version of their SDK that includes some additions that are specific to developing for the new software. The SDK is available to registered developers only, and can be downloaded form the iPhone Developer's Connection, as usual.
Apple showcased six third party applications for the iPhone yesterday at a press briefing in San Francisco. Among the developers that attended were EA showing off their upcoming Need For Speed: Undercover, Gameloft showing Ferrari GT, Ngmoco's Neil Young with Rolando, HandMark Software with Zagat To Go '09, AKQA with a Target app, and Loopt's Sam Altman. You can check out a recap at Macworld.
The developer of the golf score-keepinng app Fairway wrote in the company blog recently about how the app came into existence. He offers some background about why he decided to create it and how it made it's way from crumpled grid cards to a sleek, shiny iPhone app, and everything that happened on the way. You can check it out at the company's blog on Wide Asleep.com.
It's not uncommon for someone with multiple hobbies to try to combine them, but Michael Koppleman is both a skilled iPhone developer and a model rocket enthusiast in his spare time. What happens when you mix them together? You end up launching a piece of cutting edge touchscreen technology 1300 feet in the air.
As promised earlier this month, Apple has posted a new version of their iPhone developer agreement. One version is publicly available, while another is only available to registered devs. Most of the restrictions of "confidential information" now seems to be focused on Apple's pre-release software.
With the incredible popularity of the App Store, the once blooming genre of iPhone web applications seem to have mostly been reduced to a few mobile versions of popular websites. While some pretty cool tools have since shown up for web apps, none have revitalized them. Now a group of developers is trying to breathe life into the dying art with the PhoneGap framework that offers access to new parts of the iPhone's API.
iPhone developer team Tap Tap Tap was quick to leave their mark on the App Store with popular apps like Tipulator and Where To?, but now the team is parting ways. John Casasanta announced on the company's blog yesterday that they are going their separate ways, and will be either splitting up or selling the apps they've created.
Here's a refreshing change of pace. We've heard a lot lately about indie app developers being sued or threatened with legal action from large corporations. Generally speaking, the most common result is the developer bending to the will of the company, whether it means making them change their app or having Apple remove it. This time developer Hottrix is turning the tables, suing Coors for $12.5 million.