By Ed Oswald | Friday, May 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm
Want your app in the Apple’s App Store? Better quickly make sure that it’s compatible with the latest beta of iPhone OS 3.0 or it won’t get approved. Apple shocked the developer community Thursday with the announcement that it was mandating that all apps henceforth be compatible with iPhone OS 3.0, or they would be rejected.
Here’s what Apple said:
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.
There are potential issues here. OS 3.0 is still in beta. There’s no saying that Apple may have screwed something up on its own, which breaks an application in the current beta, but may not necessarily in the final release.
It could mean additional work for some developers, which could be a headache. While Apple is certainly right to want developers to start thinking in terms of OS 3.0, testing apps on a beta release just doesn’t seem too foolproof, don’t you think?