Apple decrees that all submissions to the App Store must be compatible with iPhone OS 3.0, according to an e-mail being circulated among developers. The iPhone OS 3.0, due for a June release, will include over 100 new features and an SDK with over 1,000 new application programming references.
circulated an e-mail to developers May 7 suggesting
that all submissions to its App Store now need to be compatible with its
upcoming iPhone OS 3.0.
"Beginning today, all submissions to the App Store will be reviewed on
the latest beta of iPhone OS 3.0," read the e-mail. "If your app
submission is not compatible with iPhone OS 3.0, it will not be approved."
"Existing apps in the App Store should already run on iPhone OS 3.0
without modification, but you should test your existing apps with iPhone OS 3.0
to ensure there are no compatibility issues," the e-mail continued.
"After iPhone OS 3.0 becomes available to customers, any app that is
incompatible with iPhone OS 3.0 may be removed from the App Store."
However, reports circulating online indicate that developers trying to build
an app for OS 3.0 using a static library built using a 2.x SDK could run into
issues, particularly a fragile binary interface problem.
In the rush to create new apps capable of running OS 3.0, developers find
themselves up against a tight deadline: The operating system, which includes more
than 100 new features, with an SDK loaded with over 1,000 new APIs, will
release in June 2009. Currently, more than 25,000 applications have been
created for the iPhone, and the number of apps downloaded passed the 1 billion mark on
Apple hints that the move is a necessary one, however, given the anticipated
number of people who will begin using the new OS.
"Submissions to the App Store will be reviewed on the latest beta of
iPhone OS 3.0," Jennifer Bowcock, a spokesperson for Apple, wrote in an e-mail
to eWEEK on May 8, "in preparation for the millions of iPhone and iPod touch
customers' move to iPhone OS 3.0 this summer."
OS 3.0 includes VPN on Demand, Certificate Revocation, Media Scrubbing and
other features, some of which have been tailored expressly to appeal to the
. End-user elements such as the ability to cut, copy and paste
have been integrated in order to add functionality, as well as head off claims
that the upcoming Palm Pre is a more versatile device. There will also be peer-to-peer
capability, so that iPhone users within Bluetooth range can access others'
streaming music and videos.
Some 50,000 developers were given access to a beta version of
, in additional to an updated SDK, on March 18.
Apple says that roughly 17 million people in 80 countries currently use the