Development iPhone Problems
As the SDK progresses, we are finding out more and more about the true features which are to come, as well as the problems developers are having with the beta OS.
More coders are now being accepted into the program and taken back by some restrictions and problems.
Apple’s documentation states: “Once you install the pre-release iPhone OS on your device, such device may only be used for development and testing purposes until the final (GM) version of the iPhone OS is released. In addition, you will need to install new versions of the software from time to time throughout the beta period. Failure to install the most current version will, after a period of time, put your device in a deactivated state.”
In addition to that, once you have the beta software on the phone, there is no downgrading or starting from the begging, so you are stuck. Not to mention, installing iPhone OS 1.2 also disables the phone’s radio, so you cannot make phone calls.
I am guessing the leaked photos of the beta OS will not be overlooked, but here at iPhone Matters (and others, i am sure) we sure are enjoying them, so keep them coming and keep us posted!
I suppose that is a shame on one hand because there will be a lot of wanna-be developers like me who inteded to use their (only) iPhone as their development and testing platform.
On the other hand, the idea of forcing everyone to update as the beta SDK is refined is a sensible one as it ensures everyone is developing for the same end product.