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Apple mandates iPhone OS 3.0 for apps, warns of 2.x removals

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, May 7, 2009
News Categories: Apps + Games

Apple has emailed registered iPhone developers to inform them all app submissions will be tested on iPhone OS 3.0, starting today. In the email provided to iLounge, Apple states, “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.” The email continues, “[e]xisting apps in the App Store should already run on iPhone OS 3.0 without modification, but you should test your existing apps the 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.” Apple is expected to release iPhone OS 3.0 this summer.

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1

Seems to make sense, removing potentially broken apps. I wonder what will happen to those ‘25 imob respect points’ apps, if they’ll be purged as well for in-app purchases?

Posted by Ryan on May 7, 2009 at 3:29 PM (PDT)

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It will be interesting to see if apps designed to work with 3.0 will be backward-compatible with 2.x for those Touch customers who choose not to pay for the 3.0 release (free for iPhone users I presume).  If not, a Touch user running 2.x may inadvertenly purchase an app that doesn’t work on their Touch.  I can hear the squealing already ...

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on May 7, 2009 at 4:14 PM (PDT)

3

They are forcing iPod Touch users to fork $10 for software upgrade… Apple is so greedy…

Posted by user on May 8, 2009 at 1:51 AM (PDT)

4

@user who said “They are forcing iPod Touch users to fork $10 for software upgrade… Apple is so greedy… “

No they’re not!  Just because an app is 3.0 compatible doesn’t mean it won’t still run on 2.x! 

Err… I meant they are not forcing people to fork out $10.  I didn’t mean to imply they’re not greedy smile.

Posted by Tim on May 8, 2009 at 4:18 AM (PDT)

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@user

It does seem like $10 bucks is expensive, but we have to look at what the iPhone owners are paying- at least 70 bucks a month.  I think making it free for iPhone owners is more of an apology on Apple’s part- “Sorry you have to pay AT&T;‘s through-the-roof prices for their crappy coverage.  Have a free upgrade on us.”

Posted by Josh C. on May 8, 2009 at 2:00 PM (PDT)

6

It’s already happening to me.  I won’t upgrade from 2.2 and there are apps out there that are for 2.2.1, like Assassin’s Creed and Myst.  Those developers and (cr)apple have lost out on the money I wanted to spend.  Too bad for them…

Posted by The Digital Alchemist on May 8, 2009 at 2:04 PM (PDT)

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Josh C “we have to look at what the iPhone owners are paying- at least 70 bucks a month.”

Ok, i’ve never understood this argument. Yea, they pay $70 a month. Guess why? It’s a PHONE.  You have to pay for the PHONE coverage.  So no, it makes no sense why touch users pay the upgrade.  Saying that iphone users pay more is really a silly argument, you are paying to use the phone service.  This is more a firmware update, one that Zune does NOT charge it’s users for.  In fact, Zune also upgrades all prior models to the newest firmware, unlike Apple with Genius for the new classic only. 

Don’t try to justify this price differential on the fact that phone users pay a monthly fee, that monthly fee is not and never has been for free upgrades. That fee is to use the phone, a fee that every Touch user with a non iphone pays to their carrier too.

Posted by jeff on May 10, 2009 at 7:03 AM (PDT)

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Does anyone know when in the summer it is coming out??

Posted by Ryan Phillips on May 31, 2009 at 1:27 PM (PDT)

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