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  • iPad Developers Sworn to Secrecy


    Apple announced yesterday that it's accepting submissions for the iPad App Store, with devs being told that they have a week to get their apps submitted to be available on Launch Day: April 3. They shouldn't expect to have an iPad to test it on, though: an interesting story in BusinessWeek outlines the steps developers must take to be able to have access to a pre-release iPad, including chaining it down and blacking out all the windows.

    Devs were sent an email on Friday that said that any iPad apps submitted for approval must be in by 5 pm PDT, March 27 in order to have a chance of being accepted by April 3, the day iPads officially go on sale in the US. Apps that are submitted via iTunes Connect before that time will get "an initial review" by email on their "readiness for the grand opening." Devs who want to have their apps available when the iPad is, though, need to submit it ASAP: "only apps submitted for the initial review will be considered for the grand opening of the iPad App Store." The apps must be built and tested with iPhone SDK 3.2 beta 5 and only that version: that's the beta that was released on Wednesday. The SDK has only an iPad "simulator," though, and few apps have been tested on an actual iPad.

    There's a reason for that. BusinessWeek has a story about the cartoonishly stringent secrecy arrangements Apple is forcing developers and peripheral manufacturers through before letting them have access to an iPad. First, people who want an iPad just a couple of weeks before they go on sale are forced to sign an agreement - reportedly ten pages long - promising not to disclose any information about the device. Then they must set up a hermetically-sealed chamber where the iPad must be kept isolated. The room must have blacked-out windows and must have a table or other "fixed object" to which a chain or "tether" must be affixed. The iPad must remain tethered to that fixed object so that nobody can remove it from the room, and Apple won't send out an iPad unless and until potential testers send photographic evidence that they've complied with the rules.

    Apple is renowned for its secrecy, but this is a bit much, even for them. There is little that is not known about the iPad at this point, with the exception of minute details about its hardware configuration or which native apps will be included. And we are just two weeks away from the launch. Restricting developers to just a software simulator for testing seems pretty much like a guarantee that a number of apps will crash the first time they're actually executed on iPad silicon. Maybe there's some wonderful secret power that the iPad has that we don't know about yet - levitation, maybe, or the ability to make time run backwards - but this seems like a foolish risk on Apple's part.

    We'll all know on April 4 if it was worth it.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad Developers Sworn to Secrecy started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. iMack007's Avatar
      iMack007 -
      Indeed.
    1. ownerofspam's Avatar
      ownerofspam -
      Good thing my girlfriend is into BDSM.
    1. faschierbasis's Avatar
      faschierbasis -
      Ipad abuse.....
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      @ownerofspam

      LOL DUDE.
    1. ima80baby's Avatar
      ima80baby -
      Quote Originally Posted by ownerofspam View Post
      Good thing my girlfriend is into BDSM.
      I lol'd.
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      They track your device and if it leaves the room you get sued and sent to apples pit of fire and misery
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Hope my app doesn't crash lol I ran it fine in the simulator
    1. mudrock1000's Avatar
      mudrock1000 -
      You know those W.O.W nerds that are afraid of girls? Well this is like their fantasy.

      How much you wanna bet no one is ACTUALLY gonna chain the ipad down and do all of these things
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      Hope my app doesn't crash lol I ran it fine in the simulator
      What kind of App? Or is it secret?
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      I just hope its such a big secret cause they will give us our camera. Fat chance though, huh? A buddy of mine and I were talking about how messed up it would be if they put a camera in the 3G version and they don't say anything until 3G launch day.

      "One more thing, we've implemented a camera in the 3G version of our newest creation" -Steve Jobs (Hopefully)
    1. hxclos's Avatar
      hxclos -
      It puts the lotion in the basket
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      my hermetically-sealed chamber is ready for inspection
    1. pappde's Avatar
      pappde -
      I know this sound stupid, but wont the Iphone apps work on the Ipad?
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      Quote Originally Posted by pauldanielash View Post
      Then they must set up a hermetically-sealed chamber where the iPad must be kept isolated.
      how on earth are developers supposed to make airtight chambers?

      Quote Originally Posted by pappde View Post
      I know this sound stupid, but wont the Iphone apps work on the Ipad?
      they will, but with a huge black border or pixel doubling.
      therefore, Apple wants devs to come up with Apps for the iPad, so that the full speed and screen is used.