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“Limited number” to be let into iPhone developer program

An Apple press release accompanying today’s “software roadmap” announcements states that “a limited number of developers will be accepted into Apple’s new iPhone Developer Program,” which is priced at $99. As previously reported, the program allows access to pre-release iPhone software; technical support; the ability to get code onto iPhones for testing; and distribution of applications via the new App Store.

The “Enterprise Program” costs $299 per year.

“The iPhone Developer Program will initially be available to a limited number of developers in the U.S. and will expand to other countries in the coming months.”

Which means that we third world programmers in UK with official iPhones still get treated like second class citizens, so I guess we might as well soldier on with the unofficial SDK and not be limited by Apple’s marketing policy.

Now I’m sure that Apple thinks that the rest of us will wait 6 months while other programmers get a lead on us.

But software development just isn’t like that. So I guess its down to who can break the new application installation / launch system first. And once its broken, it’ll stay broken.

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