iPhone SDK downloads surpass 100,000

iPhone SDK downloads surpass 100,000

Summary: Apple today announced that more than 100,000 developers have downloaded the beta version of the company's iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) in the first four days since its launch on 06 March 2008.“Developer reaction to the iPhone SDK has been incredible with more than 100,000 downloads in the first four days,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

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iPhone SDK downloads surpass 100,000Apple today announced that more than 100,000 developers have downloaded the beta version of the company's iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) in the first four days since its launch on 06 March 2008.

“Developer reaction to the iPhone SDK has been incredible with more than 100,000 downloads in the first four days,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Also, over one million people have watched the launch video on Apple.com, further demonstrating the incredible interest developers have in creating applications for the iPhone.”

It's pretty obvious that the iPhone SDK is a really big deal, right?

Could Apple have been planning an SDK all along? Or were they coerced into doing it by the crafty cottage industry of jailbreakers that's grown around iPhone? Or in an attempt to goose waning sales after the inevitable plateau? Anyone seen the AAPL stock price lately? Conspiracy?

Other SDK items of note: Apple's iPhone Human Interface Guidelines, Rogue Amoeba's SDK bug report, third-party iPhone apps won't run in the background and Apple's taking a 30 percent cut of sales. (Jon Gruber has been covering SDK like a madman.)

For more on the SDK launch event where AOL, Electronic Arts, Epocrates, Salesforce.com and Sega have demonstrated their wares read David Morgenstern's Reporter's Notebook.

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Mobility

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  • Guess no on is interested in the SDK.

    I mean with all the "serious" issues with it, such-as no 3rd
    party multi-tasking, not a single developer would ever be
    inclined to use it.

    Did you say 100,000 people are idiots;-)

    Personally, I was impressed with the speed I could write some
    very basic, and functional, applications with the SDK. Once
    we get IB fully going... Ahhhh.
    Bruizer
  • RE: iPhone SDK downloads surpass 100,000

    Check the iPhone forums. A huge number of those downloads were by confused users thinking it was an update that would give them apps.

    Apple should instead announce how many paid $99 to actually join the developer program.

    As for any number of downloads, they pale in comparison to the 750,000 Android SDK downloads... for devices that don't even exist yet.
    kdarling
    • A huge number???

      What 1,000? 100? 75,000? or.... are there some posts like
      this on a few forums (I have not noticed any.) so you call
      that a huge number?

      It is like saying, I read a huge number of developers
      downloaded Android SDK and could not figure out how to
      make it call out on my phone.
      Bruizer
    • Well how long as the Android SDK been available?

      The iPhone one hasn't been out that long has it?

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
  • RE: iPhone SDK downloads surpass 100,000

    Don't forget, Apple is a software company that makes hardware, not the other way around. And software companies thrive on developer communities. There was never any question that they would release the SDK, they simply needed to rush the product out to get mindshare before some of the alternatives, such as Android, took too much of the press away. And frankly it made sense to build the product buzz before giving it to developers -- who wants to develop for an unknown product?

    And having spent a few days with the SDK, there is not question that it has been under development for quite some time -- its development probably went hand in hand with product development, though the two probably had separate trajectories as the APIs solidified.
    bob@...
  • Of course it has always been planned.

    Apple has had this SDK for years now. I
    am willing to bet it was one of the first
    things built after/while the OS was
    produced. Apple had to build the
    software for the iPhone somehow and
    this SDK is it. Whether or not, or when
    to release it to the developer community
    was always the question. The SDK has
    existed as long as Apple has been
    producing iPhone software.
    renstein