Thursday, March 19, 2009

Wish I Could Say More

I've been spending time with the iPhone 3.0 SDK since it came out. Because of the NDA, I can't say anything specific or technical, but if you've got the hard drive space for an extra set of developer tools, I highly recommend checking it out. Apple's done a phenomenal job with this update. An awful lot of stuff in this release for us developers - really almost more of a developer's release than a user's release, despite the cool stuff for users.



6 comments:

VesperDEM said...

Unfortunately, normal folks can't actually see the 3.0 SDK unless we are "paid" members of the developer program.

I do plan on paying soon, but I actually want to get an app written and ready for the store before I commit to the $99.

JFMartin said...

I'm in the same boat... Cannot download SDK 3.0 because I'm still waiting to finish an App before paying the 99$ fee and get access to the Paid Developer Program.

But I'm so anxious to know what Apple did for us that is so worth a blog post that says "I wish I could say more"...

Maybe I will pay the 99$ sooner then...

Michael said...

Yes its good but its still missing things I'm desperate for...obviously I can't say what but suffice to say I would like a bit more control over the actual device (UIDevice). I guess Apple may never give this functionality to us developers.

Jeff LaMarche said...

Michael:

Just out of curiosity - have you filed Radars for those things you want?

There are always going to be things we want as developers. Apple's never going to 100% fulfill al the wants and desires of every single developer, especially since they have contractual obligations with dozens of wireless carriers to factor into the equation. It is possible there is stuff they won't give you, but if you don't ask through official channels, your chances go from slim to none.

Jeff LaMarche said...

VesperDEM:

Umm... are you saying I'm not normal.

;)

Seriously, though, don't wait until your app is done to apply to the paid program. You should be testing your app periodically during development - you don't want to put in a thousand development hours only to find that your performance on the device is horrible. Device testing should be part of your weekly regression to avoid potential pain down the road.

Sometimes the approval can take a little while, too, which means time that you're not making money if you've waited until your app is ready.

In the scheme of things, I really would argue that the $99 is a really good investment if you're going to try and make money from the App store.

JFMartin said...

Yeah, testing on other devices requires us to be part of the paid dev program... good idea to get testing in the loop while developing... I'll go for it in the next few days...

Meanwhile, just bought your book from Amazon...