iPhone SDK Elite

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iPhone SDK Elite


March 6, 2008 was a day to remember for myself and many other application developers, it was on the day that Apple announced the iPhone software developer's kit (SDK). Apple had over 100,000 downloads of the SDK even before a week had passed. I'd say that response is a bit overwhelming, but still good.


Unfortunately, Apple has limited access to the paid membership for iPhone development to an elite few. It's unknown who "they" are or what criteria is required to become a member. Apple is mum about that and repeated calls to Apple's PR department for these and others questions go unanswered.


Many of us, myself included, would like to know the criteria for acceptance into the program. Many of us are only receiving this vague letter:


Dear Registered iPhone Developer,


Thank you for expressing interest in the iPhone Developer Program. We have received your enrollment request. As this time, the iPhone Developer Program is available to a limited number of developers and we plan to expand during the beta period.


We will contact you again regarding your enrollment status at the appropriate time.


Thank you for applying.


Best regards,


iPhone Developer Program


If you, or anyone else you know, has been accepted into this program, Individual or Corporate, we would like to know about it. I hope that it's only because Apple is overwhelmed and not because Apple is picking and choosing. Myself and many others have a lot to offer. So let's make it happen Apple!


Leave your reactions to being shut out of the SDK program below, or contact community blogger, David Martin at http://www.askaitninja.com




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John Gruber at Daring Fireball has suggested that Apple might have meant the email as a "we got your application" letter and that they might still be in the process of reviewing applicants.

(See http://daringfireball.net/2008/03/iphone_sdk_confusion )



Ha! That makes more sense. Well, at least you can develop your app for the next few months, and hopefully by WWDC, the program will be open to all.








I was able to download and install the SDK w/only a freely available ADC Online membership account a day or two after it was released. It was apparently a first come, first serve beta.

Whereas the email you received said roughly, "sorry, you're too late for the beta", the one I received said, "thanks, here's a link to download." I'd agree their email could have been a little clearer.

Perhaps they could have stated the number of downloads they were going to allow up front, but it is marked as a beta. Heck, as the first beta I've ever been allowed in, I'd say it was pretty much open to anyone who responded early enough.



Paul, the post relates to the iPhone Developer Program (a payed membership to be part of the developer staff, for create AND UPLOAD applications to the App Store) You are talking about the SDK free download. I downloaded the SDK, but I don't paid for be a Developer Program member.
Do you know what I mean? The SDK download it's free, but the membership to the Developers Program not.

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