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iPhone Developer Program: “Computer Says No” March 17, 2008

Posted by April Ayres-Griffiths in mac os x, software development, technology.
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It seems that after touting the wondrous iPhone developer program, Apple may have jumped the gun, with rumors that their developer certificate issue system might not be ready.

There are reports that many developers (those who have paid the $99 USD fee), have received rejection notices, and very few people have received positive responses.

Being an Australian citizen, the developer program is not open to me, nor do I even have access to an iPhone, there as yet being no Australian carrier of the device. Sufficed to say, if it is any indication comparing prices between the US, and here, you can be sure it is going to cost a lot more money in Australia. The disparity between product costs (even factoring currency conversion) is a sticking point for some Australians.

The other, rather sad note, is that one cannot develop iPhone apps on a PowerPC based system. It is Intel only, with no intention to release the SDK to legacy users. It is a shame, as our 1.25 Ghz G4 Mac still does a wonderful job.

While I understand that Steve Jobs wants to embrace the newer architecture, one wonders if the next release of the OS will abandon PowerPC entirely. If the iPhone SDK release is any indication, it may be more than a possibility.

April.

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