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Remember when I posted about Apple hosting their SDK conference on March 6th? Well, it happened yesterday and boy did Apple announce some very interesting updates coming in the future. Let’s quickly summarize what was announced today, for those who haven’t read about it already.

Engadget was live on the scene and they have a very detailed account of the play by play (read up on it if you want more details). Don’t feel like reading through it all? Here is a summary of what we can expect soon for our precious iPhones, in an upcoming firmware update. These new features are catering to the business/enterprise crowd (they have been holding out on the iPhone):

  • Native Microsoft Exchange support (ActiveSync has been licensed!)
  • Push email/calendar/contacts
  • Global address list
  • Cisco IPsec VPN
  • Certificates and Identities
  • WPA2/802.1x
  • Enforced security policies
  • Device configuration and remote wipe

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What about the SDK update?Β 

Developers will pay $99 to access the Dev Program. Apps created will be available to download via a new AppStore program installed on the iPhone (similar to the iTunes store). Developers will get 70% of sales and 30% will go to Apple for costs involved with running the store.

Apple is making a kit that seems very easy and friendly to use for software developers. So get ready for some cool apps to come our way! I would love to see a native Skype app…as this would be awesome once you enter some free WiFi areas. =)

Let the jailbreaking game come full circle again once the new firmware update is released! Yahooo!

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  • wonder when the first apps will be available, i was thinking that some might be available today, guess not.

  • wonder when the first apps will be available, i was thinking that some might be available today, guess not.

  • Amanda

    this sounds like good new for developers, but maybe not so good for others… I hope this doesn’t mean the end of free apps… πŸ™

  • Amanda

    this sounds like good new for developers, but maybe not so good for others… I hope this doesn’t mean the end of free apps… πŸ™

  • Fun Bobby

    Wow. That annoucement was awesome. Did you guys check out the video on Apple’s website with the Touch Fighter game that they coded in 2 weeks. Amazing stuff.

    Even more exciting for me, (since I don’t use my iPhone for games, most of the time), is the enterprise update. I use Exchange server now for my work email, and having to use VPN is a pain when I am outside of my company’s network. I would love to have real push email and push calendar, but I am worried that the extended security they are building in here will make the jailbreak/activate/unlock process more difficult in the 2.0 software update.

    So, good and bad news really. I love the stuff they are offering, I just hope I can have access to it here in Canada.

  • Fun Bobby

    Wow. That annoucement was awesome. Did you guys check out the video on Apple’s website with the Touch Fighter game that they coded in 2 weeks. Amazing stuff.

    Even more exciting for me, (since I don’t use my iPhone for games, most of the time), is the enterprise update. I use Exchange server now for my work email, and having to use VPN is a pain when I am outside of my company’s network. I would love to have real push email and push calendar, but I am worried that the extended security they are building in here will make the jailbreak/activate/unlock process more difficult in the 2.0 software update.

    So, good and bad news really. I love the stuff they are offering, I just hope I can have access to it here in Canada.

  • Tim

    I hope they are as quick with the jailbreak/unlock when they release firmware 2.0, because I have a feeling we are ALL going to want to upgrade to that so we can get access to all the new goodies!!

  • Tim

    I hope they are as quick with the jailbreak/unlock when they release firmware 2.0, because I have a feeling we are ALL going to want to upgrade to that so we can get access to all the new goodies!!

  • Dusty

    I don’t think we would really have to worry about not getting them free anymore… Here’s a quote from Steve.

    11:07AM – “Devs are going to ask — this is great! But what’s the DEAL? What’s the business deal. We’ve got a great biz deal for developers: you pick the price you want to sell your app at. The dev gets 70% of the revenues right off the top, we keep 30% to pay for running the app store. No CC fees or hosting fees or marketing fees for hosting the app, devs get 70% paid monthly.”

    11:08AM – “You know what price a lot of devs pick? Free. When they want to distribute their app free, there’s NO charge to distribute free apps — we’ll pay everything to get those apps out there for free.

    That is true, many devs do want to release there product free and let all iPhone user’s try them, but I guess if there is a kicka$$ game or program that has been worked on for months and months, I can see them charging as it could be there job to make 3rd party developments. If it’s really that good and is cheap, I guess I would be willing to pay… again if its a cheap price LOL πŸ˜›

  • Dusty

    I don’t think we would really have to worry about not getting them free anymore… Here’s a quote from Steve.

    11:07AM – “Devs are going to ask — this is great! But what’s the DEAL? What’s the business deal. We’ve got a great biz deal for developers: you pick the price you want to sell your app at. The dev gets 70% of the revenues right off the top, we keep 30% to pay for running the app store. No CC fees or hosting fees or marketing fees for hosting the app, devs get 70% paid monthly.”

    11:08AM – “You know what price a lot of devs pick? Free. When they want to distribute their app free, there’s NO charge to distribute free apps — we’ll pay everything to get those apps out there for free.

    That is true, many devs do want to release there product free and let all iPhone user’s try them, but I guess if there is a kicka$$ game or program that has been worked on for months and months, I can see them charging as it could be there job to make 3rd party developments. If it’s really that good and is cheap, I guess I would be willing to pay… again if its a cheap price LOL πŸ˜›

  • This sounds awesome.. I am so happy to here about the cisco vpn update and the new wireless support.. I REALLY NEED THAT!!

  • This sounds awesome.. I am so happy to here about the cisco vpn update and the new wireless support.. I REALLY NEED THAT!!

  • I am assuming that the cisco vpn means LEAP encryption.. oh oh.. maybe I miss interpreted.. in which case.. I would still not be able to connect to my office network!!! DARN!!

  • I am assuming that the cisco vpn means LEAP encryption.. oh oh.. maybe I miss interpreted.. in which case.. I would still not be able to connect to my office network!!! DARN!!

  • elkay

    Lets see a slingbox app! =)

  • elkay

    Lets see a slingbox app! =)

  • Dusty

    I came across this earlier, though it was kinda weird/interesting… lol

    New iPhone design leaked on iTunes? Highly unlikely.
    http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/07/new-iphone-design-leaked-on-the-app-store-highly-unlikely/

  • Dusty

    I came across this earlier, though it was kinda weird/interesting… lol

    New iPhone design leaked on iTunes? Highly unlikely.
    http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/07/new-iphone-design-leaked-on-the-app-store-highly-unlikely/

  • Geo

    Wow, dude thats was awesome!
    Now I know why there are all these iPhones on ebay just bought and jail broken.
    The question is, can I upgrade from my 1.1.3 to 1.1.4 or later using Ziphone? If it bricks itself, can I go back and free it up?

  • Geo

    Wow, dude thats was awesome!
    Now I know why there are all these iPhones on ebay just bought and jail broken.
    The question is, can I upgrade from my 1.1.3 to 1.1.4 or later using Ziphone? If it bricks itself, can I go back and free it up?

  • Dusty

    Well some more awesome info!!! πŸ™‚

    iPhone Dev Team jailbreaks firmware 2.0… before it’s out.
    http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/11/iphone-dev-team-jailbreaks-firmware-2-0-before-its-out/

  • Dusty

    Here’s some more info. on 2.0FW…

    iPhone Firmware 2.0 Screenshots and Video
    http://www.macrumors.com/2008/03/13/iphone-firmware-2-0-screenshots-leaked/
    CrazyKart 2 Game Preview for iPhone
    http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2008/03/13/int13s-crazykart-2-for-iphone-preview/
    Apple Announces WWDC 2008 (June 9-13, 2008)
    http://www.macrumors.com/2008/03/13/apple-announces-wwdc-2008-june-9-13-2008/

  • Dusty

    Here’s some more info. on 2.0FW…

    iPhone Firmware 2.0 Screenshots and Video
    http://www.macrumors.com/2008/03/13/iphone-firmware-2-0-screenshots-leaked/
    CrazyKart 2 Game Preview for iPhone
    http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2008/03/13/int13s-crazykart-2-for-iphone-preview/
    Apple Announces WWDC 2008 (June 9-13, 2008)
    http://www.macrumors.com/2008/03/13/apple-announces-wwdc-2008-june-9-13-2008/

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