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Apple To iPhone Developers: It's 3.0 Or FAIL

Apple recently informed developers for the iPhone platform that from here forward, all new applications submitted to Apple must support iPhone OS 3.0. If they don't, the apps will be rejected.
Apple recently informed developers for the iPhone platform that from here forward, all new applications submitted to Apple must support iPhone OS 3.0. If they don't, the apps will be rejected.Hmmm, this sets the stage for some interesting changes. In an email to developers, 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.

It is no surprise that Apple wants to be sure the new OS is supported, but to force all apps onto the 3.0 standard could leave some end users in the cold.

We have to assume that OS 3.0 will be backward compatible with apps developed for iPhone firmware 2.2.1, at least in the short term. Of course, with all that iPhone 3.0 brings to the table, I don't know why any end users would choose not to update.

I've been using iPhone OS 3.0 Beta for about a month, and have yet to run into any incompatibility issues with respect to the apps I have installed on my device.

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