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Friday, March 7, 2008

SDK is out...

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Yes, it's that time of the year, the SDK is out! From android6011;

The first thing I know is going to cause an uproar is the fact that iPod Touch users will have to pay for the update. As an iPot owner, I don't want to pay any more money, but the fact is if it weren't for Apple trying to please enterprise owners and keep their costs lower, a fee would be charged all around. Since enterprises typically purchase iPhones in mass quantities its appealing to know there won't be future fees on top of the initial cost and a massive monthly bill.

Now, I would HIGHLY recommend anyone delaying buying the January App Pack since it will most likely be included in the 2.0 update you are going to have to pay for anyway, and I'm not sure if they will update the January App Pack to include the enterprise features like exchange.

The next thing, JUNE. Ya, I know...June... there is already speculation that the update will be rolled out on top of a 3G iPhone, which makes a lot of sense. So holding off the update until a 3G iPhone is ready would be a smart move on their part, not the most appealing, but good for them.

Application cost to me seems like a fair deal. The great news is that Apple will allow for free applications if the developer chooses, which probably justifies the reason for the cost to enter the development cycle.

As far as Apple limiting applications to that of their choosing, well I guess we will have to wait and see how their choosing affects the applications that make it. One thing I was extremely pleased and almost surprised by was in reference to Voip. "We will only limit over cellular -- if you want to dev them for WiFi, that's fine." The reason for limiting over cellular is obvious, ATT doesn't want you using data so you can avoid paying for their phone coverage.

However, over wifi is still a huge step, since now I would be willing to put money on Skype or GizmoProject developing a Voip Application, which may lead to an official mic etc. Since these services charge for out minutes the application would most likely be free anyway so I really look forward to that.


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