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I’m on the phone with Apple as we speak. I’m trying to find out what has happened to my iPhone Beta SDK. I logged into the Apple Store, checked my order status. The first thing I noticed gratefully is that it did show that I actually did order the SDK, and the my Visa card was charged for it.

What I did not see is any sort of shipping status information at all. The item says under Order Status that it is “Electronically Delivered,” but I saw no place under “Downloads” where I could download it.

Let me back up just a bit… when I ordered it, it seemed to imply that Apple would ship me a package containing the SDK and that I would need to be at the address when the delivery was made so that I could sign for the package. It was implied that the order would come as short as overnight but take up to 5 business days. Maybe I could get it today (6 business days)!

What is mysterious is that there is nothing under my order status to tell me that it shipped, or that it is pending approval before it’s shipped, etc. This is unclear. Hopefully on this call I will find out what’s up.

Right now, I’m on hold whilst the Apple rep tries to find out stuff.

Although I don’t like this, I’m not surprised really. All the things Apple has been doing lately, all the balls they’re trying to keep in the air, I think they’re doing pretty good considering it all… I still want my SDK though! ūüôā

As I end this post, I am still on hold…

iPhone SDK Beta: Waiting For Delivery

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I got the go-ahead from Apple Development to be in the Beta program for developing for the iPhone. I clicked on the appropriate link, filled in the proper info, whipped out the old credit card, validated everything, read everything and am now waiting to receive my package!

I was pleased to see that I wasn’t just simply given a URL to download stuff from, but that they were going to send me a package containing the goodies I’m looking for. I will have to sign for the package.

I signed up I believe Sunday evening. So I am waiting expectantly for my delivery. I will be able to finally try stuff on my actual phone. How cool is that?

iPhone in China?

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No formal talks have happened yet between China Mobile and Apple, but there is a buzz on the internet about it. Wouldn’t it be cool? The iPhone in China? Not only for Apple, but for all the developers of apps for the iPhone!

Something developers would have to take into consideration is the usage of regional settings in their applications.
But this is a small problem compared to the potential.

One possible drawback here is the price of the phone. How many people in China could afford it?

An Update on iPhone Development

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UPDATED.

I have managed to get a sample  iPhone app compiled and running in the iPhone simulator that they provide. The app is an African thumb piano. It is a very imaginative use of the iPhone. It would be much nicer running on my iPhone rather than a simulator!

There are some really neat and creative sample programs in the iPhone SDK now, some of them besides being good sampls to look at as far as their code are concerned are apps that I’d actually like to have on my iPhone for my own use! I like the idea of the program that turns your iPhone into a level you can use to make sure that your pictures are straight! Cool.

I’ve spent a bit of time looking over the African Finger Thumb Piano code. I’m still trying to follow where the “start” of the code is. To be honest though, I’ve not spent allot of time looking into this lately.

My Status for Being Included the iPhone SDK Beta

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I received the following email:

In addition to the rich set of resources currently available to you in the iPhone Dev Center, we’ve just added new resources to power your development as you create world-class mobile applications with the iPhone SDK.

Thank you again for applying to the iPhone Developer Program. We‚Äôre thrilled with the tremendous response we’ve received. We have many more requests than we can serve during this initial beta period, so we must limit the Program at this time. We plan to expand it during the beta period, and we will contact you regarding your enrollment status at the appropriate time. We appreciate your patience.

I’m not in yet, but at least I’m not out either.

Crawling a Little Closer on the iPhone SDK

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My id for logging in to Apple’s developer web site is different than the id I normally log in to my MacBook with. I was wondering if this was the reason that I could not download the items I subscribed to in the Help program in XCode.

So, I created a user on my MacBook with the same user name and signed in as that and fired up XCode. Next, I brought up the Help, subscribed to the items  that I wanted, and, bingo! Those items loaded!

When I tried to compile to the actual iPhone device (as opposed to the simulator), I still get an error… though it is a different error¬† now.

Rats! I went to try it again and I get yet another error: “No Device is Connected” This is in spite of the fact that I can bring up iTunes and it shows that it is connected!

Oh, and in the Organizer, it shows my iPhone. Go figure! It is all too clear that I am still missing some of the pieces of the puzzle.

Apple Developer Site Back Up

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Actually, its been up for a while now. And, after about 4 attempts, I was able to download the iPhone SDK!

There is allot here to digest. I’ve never programmed in Objective-C before. It is a¬†bit overwhelming.

Note: I submitted a request for the $99 license key. Looks like I’ll have to wait for a response from Apple. Based on the load their site received from would-be iPhone developers, I might be waiting for awhile!

Well, well, well! The iPhone SDK is finally here!

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I kept refreshing this page on iLounge.com to get the latest updates on what was being said at the Town Hall meeting Apple was giving on the iPhone SDK. It sounds pretty good! To get it, you need to go to http://developer.apple.com/. 

The funny thing is, that after I read about this and went to that site, the web server was grinding to a halt. It seems as if every developer and their brother is trying to get in and download the thing!

Note that if you want to actually use any new spiffy app you write on your iPhone (or any other iPhone for that matter)¬†you have to pay a $99 charge to Apple. This will get you a unique license id will be embedded in your apps. This way, if any apps cause problems, they know who to look for, and they can turn downloading off for that¬†license.¬†I think I’ll try the Apple developer site later after the dust settles!

Keep a Weather Eye Out for the iPhone SDK!

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What month and year is it? Duh! It’s February 2008 of course! And what be that you scurvy dogs? Arrrrr! It is the month when the new iPhone SDK is supposed to come out!

In the high seas of mobile development this is a much anticipated event. I’ve been Googling allot lately looking for news. I keep asking, “When?”

More buzz is stirring up on the net lately.

Consider this story: iPhone SDK Release Around the Corner. It’s getting close. American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu wonders if it will increase sales of the iPhone. I think so. Killer apps are what sells hardware. An SDK will dramatically increase the chances of excited developers out there creating a killer app for the iPhone.

Unstrung is asking “Where is it?” I think Apple is smart here… Secrecy, waiting til the last possible moment. It is both annoying and clever at the same time. Everyone’s talking about it, guessing about it, their brains are reaching out for any scrap of information. Apple has our attention (us developers least-ways).

Could the much coveted SDK be coming out next Tuesday? Chris Finn of MacFormat thinks so. You can see his thought processes on TechRadar.com.

Whenever Apple decides to release that durned SDK won’t be too soon!

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