Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Apple Releases iPhone OS 3.2 SDK for iPad Developers

Apple has released the Golden Master Seed version of iPhone OS 3.2 SDK, allowing mobile applications to be built for the iPad using non-beta tools. Resources between the iPhone OS 3.2 GM Seed, which is accessible to anyone registered with Apple’s iPhone Developer Program, and the previous beta versions seem basically the same at first glance. Apple claims that some 150,000 apps will be available upon the iPad’s April 3 release. Meanwhile, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak suggested to Newsweek that the iPad would appeal particularly to educational segments and technological neophytes.

Apple issued the Golden Master Seed version of its iPhone OS 3.2 SDK March 29, ahead of the April 3 release of its iPad tablet PC. The release allows anyone registered with company’s iPhone Developer Program to build mobile applications for the iPad with more finalized tools.

Members of the iPhone Developer Program pay for presumably just this sort of access, to the tune of $99 per year.

Resources for the iPhone OS 3.2 GM Seed seem to have remained largely unchanged from beta versions of the platform, including an iPhone Reference Library, Sample Code, iPad Programming Guide and Human Interface Guidelines. Blogs such as Engadget are already parsing the build to see if any radical alterations exist from those previous versions.

Apple claims that some 150,000 apps will be available for the iPad’s launch, with outside analysts suggesting that Apple’s App Store could contain as many as 300,000 apps for the iPad, the iPhone, and the iPod Touch by the end of 2010.

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