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Apple e-mails iPhone developer rejections, angering some

Apple today sent out a series of bulk acceptance or temporary rejection letters to registered iPhone developers who applied last week for the company’s paid iPhone Developer Programs. During the iPhone Software Roadmap Event held last week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs explained that the program would be available to a limited number of developers at first, a message that is repeated in the email.

U.S. applicants received an e-mail stating: “Dear Registered iPhone Developer, Thank you for expressing interest in the iPhone Developer Program.  We have received your enrollment request.  As this time, the iPhone Developer Program is available to a limited number of developers and we plan to expand during the beta period.  We will contact you again regarding your enrollment status at the appropriate time. Thank you for applying.”

Applicants outside the United States received an e-mail stating: “Dear Registered iPhone Developer, Thank you for expressing interest in the iPhone Developer Program. We have received your enrollment request.  At this time, the iPhone Developer Program is only available in the US and will expand to other countries during the beta period.  We will contact you again regarding your enrollment status at the appropriate time. Thank you for applying.”

Neither of these e-mails further explained Apple’s criteria for acceptance or rejection, spurring concern that large developers or other past Apple partners were accepted rather than a wider variety of applicants; in any case, it appears that the number of accepted developers is a small portion of those that applied. Some developers, as noted by TUAW, have expressed anger or disappointment at not making the first cut, and suggested that attempting to develop for the platform without Apple’s involvement at this stage is an “unacceptable risk,” given that approval is required to actually sell iPhone software. Did you apply and receive an email today? Let us know in the comments.

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Comments

1

Got my rejection email, today. Know someone else who did, also. Suppose iFund will wanna float any money my way now that apple has ditched me? I doubt it. Ah… thanks apple.

Posted by chad on March 14, 2008 at 11:40 AM (PDT)

2

Not making it into a limited beta right now is not the same as an outright rejection.

Posted by RJ on March 14, 2008 at 12:02 PM (PDT)

3

does anyone know what categories of apps were outright accepted or rejected? what other criteria (like solid business models, VC backing, etc.) strengthened or weakened applicants?
dan

Posted by dan on March 14, 2008 at 12:28 PM (PDT)

4

The application process was extremely simple, with questions focused only on the general types of applications that applicants were interested in developing based on broad vertical market categories and Enterprise/Commercial/Free designations and the proponents experience as a Mac and smartphone developer (ie, “How many years have you been developing for the Mac?” and “What other mobile platforms do you develop for?”).

It wasn’t necessary to submit any kind of a business plan or specific information on applications being worked on, so it really had nothing to do with funding or corporate presence.

Realistically, since this is a limited beta, and will also include a copy of the iPhone 2.0 beta software, it’s reasonable to assume that Apple wants to limit membership to a core group of “serious” developers who already have established experience and reputation.  It’s likely that once the process is out of the beta stages (and there’s no longer a risk of people signing up merely to get their hands on pre-release software for the iPhone), they’ll probably be willing to take just about anybody who can shell out the $99.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on March 14, 2008 at 12:37 PM (PDT)

5

Just got mine and .... If they were going to reject most of us then why offer it this way? I’m not surprised at this email and I think Apple a playing careful as if accepted you get FW2 for your iPhone to test applications. I suspect (and in someway expected) Apple to only give this to trusted ‘organizations and developers not small time developers or individuals. To me if I develop something at this time I can’t tested on the phone - if I use hacks I can so is the point Apple wants people like me to stay as hackers? The SDK become next to useless unless you can test it on the iPhone. The other issue is that Apple are talking June for full release - that is too far away.

Posted by TDef on March 14, 2008 at 12:52 PM (PDT)

6

I got the rejection letter also here in Texas. Should I have sent the ADC team some BBQ???!?!?!

Posted by dwm64 on March 14, 2008 at 3:29 PM (PDT)

7

Yep, rejected here too.  It’s cool, I didn’t know what I wanted to build yet anyway.

Posted by Gordy. in Atlanta, GA on March 14, 2008 at 3:34 PM (PDT)

8

As was stated earlier, no one was rejected!  You were not accepted to the limited beta but once that is over you, most likely ill be accepted into the program.

I don’t understand why people don’t understand the limited beta concept.

Posted by Steve on March 14, 2008 at 5:13 PM (PDT)

9

It’s really quite simple:  If it’s a limited beta, then the SDK should’ve been a limited beta too—no confusion, no unnecessarily raised hopes.

Instead, anyone can download the SDK, but it’s completely unpredictable whether you’ll be able even just to simply test your apps on the iphone/ipod touch!  This is unacceptable.

Posted by Upset developer on March 14, 2008 at 5:47 PM (PDT)

10

No Upset Developer, you have a leg up in working with the SDK for the iPhone.  You’d be complaining that you should be able to work with the SDK even if you’re not in the beta program if they did what you are suggesting.

You will be accepted into the program when the switch is flipped, I don’t see why some are taking this as an outright rejection to the program when it clearly is just limiting the number of beta testers.

Posted by Steve on March 15, 2008 at 7:57 AM (PDT)

11

The iPhone SDK is available via bittorrent, so any developer worth his or her salt should have no problem getting access to the SDK.

Posted by TD_Johnny on March 16, 2008 at 5:33 PM (PDT)

12

That email doesn’t say you’re rejected—not EVEN from the beta.

Hang in there. Don’t freak out.

But do post sensationalist headlined to get clicks smile

Posted by Rejected? on March 17, 2008 at 3:20 PM (PDT)

13

Lord,

The “dev’s” here are as whiny as the Touch users on the forums that “had to pay” for the app upgrade in January.
I bet 99% of the people signing up neither know how to program or had an idea worth putting on paper.
These posts pretty much proved that.

Posted by slb on March 17, 2008 at 4:56 PM (PDT)

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