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June 26, 2008: On this day Apple sent out this email to start app developers
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: June 27, 2020 06:03PM
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On June 26, Apple fired its starting pistol by announcing that it was now accepting apps for scrutiny. The email sent to devs who had paid the $99 annual fee read:

“Get started by downloading the eighth beta version of the iPhone OS, available in the iPhone Dev Center. With this new version of iPhone OS you can conduct final testing and prepare your application for submission to the App Store. Apple is expected to launch the final iPhone 2.0 Firmware and App Store on July 11th alongside the iPhone 3G release. Developers may submit their applications now for availability in the App Store. Apple must approve all applications that are submitted.”

Meeting some of Apple’s more arbitrary respectability guidelines is something many developers took a long time to get to grips with. For those who did, however, rewards could be generous.

By the time the App Store opened in July 2008, users could download 500 third-party apps. About 25 percent of them cost users absolutely nothing. Within the App Store’s first 72 hours of opening, iPhone owners racked up a massive 10 million downloads.

The App Store opened up a whole new way of distributing software. It also quickly became a lucrative new revenue stream for Apple.

No wonder co-founder Steve Wozniak called the App Store Apple’s most important invention. For a company that made the Apple II, Mac, iPod, iPhone and far more, that’s high praise indeed.




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Re: June 26, 2008: On this day Apple sent out this email to start app developers
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: June 27, 2020 06:26PM
I remember a lot of my windows friends whining about how the original iPhone didn’t have a third-party apps when it first came out. Fools don’t realize how well Apple executed the whole iPhone thing. Apple started with the essentials, before adding new features. At each state made sure I got it right before going to the next. It was a winning situationFor everyone from Apple, customers, and developers. Created a whole new economy. Can’t imagine where we would be if Apple had not lead the way in innovating as it does. It is a shame that everyone else, and I mean everyone, could not innovate just as well but would rather copy everything Apple does. Just a damn shame.



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Re: June 26, 2008: On this day Apple sent out this email to start app developers
Posted by: sekker
Date: June 28, 2020 08:54AM
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Carnos Jax
I remember a lot of my windows friends whining about how the original iPhone didn’t have a third-party apps when it first came out. Fools don’t realize how well Apple executed the whole iPhone thing. Apple started with the essentials, before adding new features. At each state made sure I got it right before going to the next. It was a winning situationFor everyone from Apple, customers, and developers. Created a whole new economy. Can’t imagine where we would be if Apple had not lead the way in innovating as it does. It is a shame that everyone else, and I mean everyone, could not innovate just as well but would rather copy everything Apple does. Just a damn shame.

That’s a little bit of rewriting history here. Jobs had no intention of allowing anything but web apps on the iPhone.

Until the jailbreak community hit full stride.

I’m still convinced the video by the NYT columnist showing a full set of apps on a jailbroken iPhone was the pressure that led Jobs to change his mind.

I give him full credit- he DID respond. But the entire App Store system was an add-on, not a part of the original plan.
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Re: June 26, 2008: On this day Apple sent out this email to start app developers
Posted by: jonny
Date: June 28, 2020 09:46AM
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sekker
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Carnos Jax
I remember a lot of my windows friends whining about how the original iPhone didn’t have a third-party apps when it first came out. Fools don’t realize how well Apple executed the whole iPhone thing. Apple started with the essentials, before adding new features. At each state made sure I got it right before going to the next. It was a winning situationFor everyone from Apple, customers, and developers. Created a whole new economy. Can’t imagine where we would be if Apple had not lead the way in innovating as it does. It is a shame that everyone else, and I mean everyone, could not innovate just as well but would rather copy everything Apple does. Just a damn shame.

That’s a little bit of rewriting history here. Jobs had no intention of allowing anything but web apps on the iPhone.

Until the jailbreak community hit full stride.

I’m still convinced the video by the NYT columnist showing a full set of apps on a jailbroken iPhone was the pressure that led Jobs to change his mind.

I give him full credit- he DID respond. But the entire App Store system was an add-on, not a part of the original plan.

Love me some David Pogue! [www.youtube.com]
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Re: June 26, 2008: On this day Apple sent out this email to start app developers
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: June 28, 2020 09:39PM
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sekker
That’s a little bit of rewriting history here. Jobs had no intention of allowing anything but web apps on the iPhone.

Wow sekker, are you serious?! I did not know that, and frankly it shocks me that Steve Jobs wouldn’t have realized the implications of the App Store. Well I mean, I’m sure you’re right, but that just amazes me!
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Re: June 26, 2008: On this day Apple sent out this email to start app developers
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: June 28, 2020 09:42PM
And thank you for correcting me!
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