If a new report is to be believed, developers’ enthusiasm for the iPad is losing some of its lustre -- while the Android platform is surging. Somebody better tell that to all the iPhone OS developers who are tripping over themselves to get their apps in users’ hands when the iPad is finally available this weekend.
You knew the day was coming, and as of last Friday, March 19th, you can now submit your iPad apps to Apple. If you get them in by March 27th, you’ll even be considered for the grand opening of the iPad App Store on April 3rd.
Apple may take some heat for its App Store policies, but never let it be said that they aren’t constantly working to improve their developer relationships. This week’s big change came in the form of new tools to allow iPhone OS developers to set the exact release date of their applications as well as schedule price changes.
No one quite knew what to expect in late January, prior to Apple CEO Steve Jobs taking the stage to unveil the iPad. But no one was as nervous as the developers who had already invested so much time into the iPhone OS platform.
While most developers won’t hesitate for a moment to sign Apple’s iPhone Developer Program License Agreement in blood to have even a piece of the App Store action, a new legal analysis reveals some disturbing reasons as to why you might want to think twice.
Next time an iPhone naysayer tries to tell you that your handset is way too fragile for day to day use, sit them down and tell them the story of a device that survived two months outside in a rough Canadian winter.