Apple now accepting iOS 4 apps for review

MacRumors reports that Apple is now accepting developer builds of apps that have been updated for the newly dubbed, iOS 4. The updated mobile OS introduces over 1500 new APIs, including many that will provide developers with better and easier ways to accomplish the goals of their apps. It will also bring the much needed software support for new features coming in iPhone 4.

Most applications will work fine without being updated, but developers who want their apps to take advantage of iOS’s new multitasking infrastructure, or any other new APIs, will have to submit updates for approval.

In his WWDC keynote address, Steve Jobs also encouraged developers to go “under the hood” and update any graphical elements to take advantage of iPhone 4’s “retina display.”

Despite Jobs’s insistence that 95% of all submissions are approved in 7 days, developers looking to have their apps ready for the launch of iOS 4 should submit them as soon as possible.

iOS 4 will be available on June 21st as a free update for compatible iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Availability for iPad is slated for later in the year.

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iOS 4 apps will not work on 3. As developers start updating their apps for iOS 4, you won't be able to update them. So if you have an app that is installed on 3.x, and the dev updates it for 4.x, you won't be able upgrade to it. What you have on your device now will still work, but don't expect anymore updates for it.

Chris said,
iOS 4 apps will not work on 3. As developers start updating their apps for iOS 4, you won't be able to update them. So if you have an app that is installed on 3.x, and the dev updates it for 4.x, you won't be able upgrade to it. What you have on your device now will still work, but don't expect anymore updates for it.

Wrong. I build apps that are optimised for iOS 4 but they will work on iOS 3.1 onwards (I don't build for 3 as it's buggy)

brettuk said,

Wrong. I build apps that are optimised for iOS 4 but they will work on iOS 3.1 onwards (I don't build for 3 as it's buggy)

Oh, maybe not all developers do that, as when my iPod touch was running 2.x something and 3.x was out, i'd get the message saying that the app requires 3.x.

I'm a noon who's a little confused. Because iOS 4 isn't allowed on iPod touch 1G, does this mean that if I delete a free pandora app compatible with 3.0, I won't be able to download it after June 21st? (assuming that's when pandora for 4.0 comes out)

what will happen to all those 3.0 compatible apps on the AppStore once 4.0 updates are released. Should I download all the 3.0 apps on my pc now if they are going to be replaced on June 21st by updated versions that won't work on my old iPod?
Please help me

Windows For Life said,
I'm a noon who's a little confused. Because iOS 4 isn't allowed on iPod touch 1G, does this mean that if I delete a free pandora app compatible with 3.0, I won't be able to download it after June 21st? (assuming that's when pandora for 4.0 comes out)

what will happen to all those 3.0 compatible apps on the AppStore once 4.0 updates are released. Should I download all the 3.0 apps on my pc now if they are going to be replaced on June 21st by updated versions that won't work on my old iPod?
Please help me

I doubt anything will happen to 3.x apps. They will work on 4.x and 3.x.

Islander said,
I assume they will keep working on 3.x even if they are optimized for 4.x. Same happened when going from 2.x to 3.x.

That's a relief..thanks for replying

Islander said,
I assume they will keep working on 3.x even if they are optimized for 4.x. Same happened when going from 2.x to 3.x.

Makes sense..the only difference this time as this time the upgrade from one OS version to the next is not possible, so Apple might prevent users from downloading 3.x apps once they're updated..just to make them buy newer devices. I hope you're right bro..thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts

Einlander said,
The count down to the first rejections are on.
and the front page "story" about it here. Where the help is the real news? Neowin has sucked with news stories for over a year now.

Einlander said,
The count down to the first rejections are on.

In 2010, they're accepting a lot of apps that they wouldn't accept before. Plus, there's like 100 000 apps already that HAVEN'T been refused. How many were?

it's official - apple now owns the letter "i".

in other news, big bird and gang are on trial for accepting bribery.

Albert said,
it's official - apple now owns the letter "i".

If Microsoft started using "me" as a prefix, such as meOS, or mePhone, or mePad, would they get sued by Apple?

ccoltmanm said,

If Microsoft started using "me" as a prefix, such as meOS, or mePhone, or mePad, would they get sued by Apple?

Better yet prefix everything with my so it sounds like it too. myPhone, myOS and such. The could come out with an e-reader and call it the myBook... oh wait.

lexa000 said,

Better yet prefix everything with my so it sounds like it too. myPhone, myOS and such. The could come out with an e-reader and call it the myBook... oh wait.

myPod - The Simpsoooonnnnnsss~~~

Albert said,
it's official - apple now owns the letter "i".

in other news, big bird and gang are on trial for accepting bribery.

Soon the public, schools, and Libraries will have rent the letter "i" from Apple to use. Soon the description on Wikipedia will change !!

lexa000 said,

Better yet prefix everything with my so it sounds like it too. myPhone, myOS and such. The could come out with an e-reader and call it the myBook... oh wait.

Would be better if they prefixed it with "win", so then it'd be like winPhone, winOS, etc. Why you ask? Because it's so full of "win"

It's about time... all my multitasking apps waste my battery like crap, because they're being 100% multitasked. The optimized ones will have just a few infos and will optimize the battery a bit.

Sad thing is, I always have to close them, like, there's no way to say "I want only these apps in multitask".

PsykX said,
It's about time... all my multitasking apps waste my battery like crap, because they're being 100% multitasked. The optimized ones will have just a few infos and will optimize the battery a bit.

Sad thing is, I always have to close them, like, there's no way to say "I want only these apps in multitask".


I don't understand what you mean, to get "100% multitasking" you need to use backgrounder which is a jailbreak application and gives you the ability to choose which apps you want to run in the background or not.

If your using iOS 4 however apps are not "100% multitasking" they currently get completely closed, unless they have been optimized to do so, which obviously no app store apps have yet.

PsykX said,
It's about time... all my multitasking apps waste my battery like crap, because they're being 100% multitasked. The optimized ones will have just a few infos and will optimize the battery a bit.
At this point, apps have to explicitly enable multitasking through the new APIs, not disable it. Other than the apps that come with iOS 4, your apps should be closing.

Tom Bonez said,
If your using iOS 4 however apps are not "100% multitasking" they currently get completely closed, unless they have been optimized to do so, which obviously no app store apps have yet.

Oh you're actually right. I'm just wondering why all of my non-Apple apps are in the multitask bar with a little red minus button next to them. It's confusing.