Itunes Connect

Apple releases iTunes Connect Developer Guide 5.5

Apple has released iTunes Connect Developers Guide 5.5, with updated information on the iPad and iTunes connect features. Developers can download it via the iTunes Connect home page. (Here's the direct PDF link). Updates include:

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Apple iTunes App Store: Now Accepting iPad Apps!

An email has been sent out to developers telling them Apple is now accepting application submissions for the iPad App Store -- a special category of the existing iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPod touch. 9to5Mac has the text:

iPad will begin shipping soon and your opportunity to be part of the grand opening of the iPad App Store starts today. Submit your iPad app now for an initial review by the App Review Team and receive feedback on its readiness for the grand opening. Submit Your App by March 27.

  • Build and test your iPad app using iPhone SDK 3.2 beta 5 available on the iPhone Dev Center. Only iPad apps built with iPhone SDK 3.2 beta 5 will be accepted for this initial review.

  • Upload your distribution signed app through iTunes Connect by Saturday, March 27, 5pm PDT.

  • The App Review Team will review your app on iPad and email you details about the readiness of your app.

  • You will also receive additional information about submitting your app for final review before iPad ships.

  • Only apps submitted for the initial review will be considered for the grand opening of the iPad App Store.

As TUAW points out, however, there's some risk involved:

the simulator uses many Macintosh frameworks and libraries, offering features that are not actually present on the iPhone. Applications that appear to be completely operational and fully debugged on the simulator may flake out or crash on the device itself. You simply cannot fully debug any program solely by using the simulator and be assured that the software will run bug-free on the iPhone. Here at TUAW central, we're assuming (or at least hoping) that Apple will be testing device builds on real devices.

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Apple Adding "Explicit" Category to App Store?

Cult of Mac is reporting that Apple has added an "Explicit" category to iTunes Connect, the portal through which developers submit and manage their App Store apps. According to their developer source:

“It’s available for selection when adding a new app to iTunesConnect although I can’t see any sign of it in the actual App Store yet.”

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iTunes App Store Now Supported in Armenia, Botswana, Bulgaria, Jordan, Kenya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, Tunisia, and Uganda

Apple's iPhone Developer News feed has announced that the iTunes App Store is now supported in 9 additional countries:

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iTunes Connect "Closed for the Holidays"

As previously announced, the iTunes Connect portal used by developers to upload and manage their App Store apps, is now "closed for the holidays", and with typical Apple graphical flair it would seem.

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Developers: Is iTunes Connect Down for You?

iTunes Connect, the online portal developers use to upload and manage their App Store apps, appears to be down for the moment.

Apple had previously announced that iTunes Connect would be unavailable over the holidays between Dec. 23 and 28, but did someone jump the gun? Hit the eggnog a wee bit early? Could just be a server down -- it is the age of the cloud, after all.

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iTunes Connect Now Supports Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Swedish Language Localizations

Apple's new iPhone Developer RSS Feed brings world that iTunes Connect now supports Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Swedish language localizations:

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iTunes Connect Unavailable December 23 - 28, 2009

No sooner did Apple get their new iPhone developer-centric RSS feed up and running than they're used it to announce that iTunes Connect will be unavailable December 23 - 28, 2009:

iTunes Connect, the tool you use to manage your applications and access your reports, will be unavailable from December 23 through December 28, 2009.

Access to iTunes Connect will resume December 29, 2009.

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iTunes Connect Adds "Submission History" for Developers

Speaking of tiny, incremental improvements, Erica Sadun over at TUAW highlight a new addition some developers are seeing when entering iTunes Connect -- a submission history:

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Apple Improves iTunes App Store Search, Asks Developers for Keywords

Apple Insider is reporting that iPhone developers have been contacted by Apple and asked:

enter up to 255 characters worth of keywords, separated by commas, which will be used for search in the App Store on the iPhone and iPod touch.

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