Apple Now Accepting Submissions for iPhone 3.0 Apps

Maybe this explains, at least in part, the new iPhone 3.0 Beta 5released yesterday? Looks like Apple is super-eager to get developers testing and submitting 3.0 compatible applications.

We're really eager to see what developers are coming up with to leverage all those great 3.0 features as well. Really, really eager. Ahem.

Full text of Apple's email to developers:

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.

(Thanks DevX for the tip!)

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Apple Now Accepting Submissions for iPhone 3.0 Apps


I'm glad that apple is doing that!
too many lazy developers out there, (example) facebook app!

Facebook app works fine on 3.0 Beta 3, so im sure it will work on beta 5 and 3.0.

What about Sling Player mobile, has Apple rejected it, or will it have to be version 3.0 compatible

The title is wrong. Apple is NOT accepting applications developed to take advantage of the 3.0 software. Developers still need to target 2.2.1 when submitting an app. The email means that 2.2.1 apps are being TESTED on 3.0 devices and should run without problems or they will not be accepted.

I agree with Noel.
I think if developers focus all on iPhone OS 3.0,
we might not have any updates for our apps, or worst still, no new apps are put on sale.

Developers are likely to still target 2.2.1 as not everyone will upgrade to 3.0 due to either non caring/lazy or lack ability to.