Apple to Developers: Submitted Apps Must Work with iPhone OS 3.0
Article by George Norman
On 08 May 2009
Barely has the iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 5 been released to software developers that Apple has come out with the following announcement: all iPhone apps submitted for approval must work with the Beta release of the iPhone OS 3.0. Any iPhone or iPod Touch app that is not compatible with the iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 5 will not be accepted by the Apple team.

This info was delivered to iPhone and iPod Touch developers by Apple via email. The full notification email that the Cupertino-based company sent out to developers is reproduced in full below.


“All apps must be compatible with iPhone OS 3.0

Millions of iPhone and iPod touch customers will move to iPhone OS 3.0 this summer. Beginning today, all submissions to the App Store will be reviewed on the latest beta of iPhone OS 3.0. 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. 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.

Begin testing now

iPhone OS 3.0 beta 5 and iPhone SDK 3.0 beta 5 are now posted to the iPhone Dev Center. Start testing today to ensure your application runs on iPhone OS 3.0. Visit the iPhone Dev Center for additional development information including iPhone SDK Release Notes for iPhone OS 3.0 beta 5 and Getting ready for iPhone OS 3.0.”

In related iPhone app approval news, we have an update on the Nine Inch Nails (NIN) iPhone app. As you may remember, an update was made available for the free NIN app, but Apple did not approve it on the basis that it contains “objectionable content”. As you can imagine, NIN founder Trent Reznor was not pleased at all with the situation, especially if you consider that the “objectionable content” in question was available for purchase in iTunes (details here). After much media coverage and a few harsh words on Reznor’s part, the update has finally been approved.

Tags: Apple, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPhone OS 3.0, Nine Inch Nails, NIN, Trent Reznor
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