iPhone Developer Program Limited?

So it looks like we might already be seeing the first snag in the whole iPhone development thing. I filled out the form, asked them to take my $99, and then I waited a whole week. I just got this:
“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.”
So the issue here is will Apple be restricting the ability to make iPhone apps even before it sees the app? Will it only be accepting big developers, like EA and Sega?
For me, this is an important issue. I have the tools and am already working on an iPhone app. But now I’m nervous about the whole thing. Am I wasting my time? I can spend weeks working on the app, and then find out that Apple doesn’t want me in their program because I am too small of a shop or something.
I simply can’t afford to spend weeks or month developing something only to find out I can’t publish it.
So I guess I will halt development of my app until I find out. It is too risky. I wish Apple would clarify, or just take my $99.

Posted on March 14, 2008 at 10:24 am by Gary Rosenzweig · Permalink
In: General

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  1. Written by John
    on 3/24/2008 at 12:02 am

    C’mon apple. Get ur act together!

  2. Written by Tom
    on 4/3/2008 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve been working with/for various vendors for about 2 decades now, and this isn’t really that unusual. Remember that they’re still in BETA testing, so they need to have a limited (translation: manageable) number of folks so they can shake the bugs out of their support systems as well as software. No newly-developed system (perhaps not including a certain Washington State software company) is ever released to the general public without a period such as this – you just usually don’t see it. Note that the Beta process applies to more than just the software – you have to test supporting processes, too.

    Were Apple not planning on letting us all in, they wouldn’t have allowed the registration proces to continue beyond the first X number of developers. Have patience. As the system proves more and more stable, it will be stressed more and more by adding folks from the list. By the time it’s ready for prime time, we can all get in.

    For those of you – like myself – who were working on apps but didn’t make the initial cut, just hang in there, and keep developing.

    No, I don’t work for Apple.

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