More interesting iPhone news making the rounds today. Engadget reports that Apple has finally approved Trent Reznor’s previously rejected Nine Inch Nails app. You might remember Reznor’s rather tempered against Apple and its app approval/rejection policy from earlier in the week. Well, it seems that Apple had visions of coming across Mr. Reznor in a dark alley someday, because, according to Reznor, the company decided to approve his app without requiring any changes.
Given that the app was originally rejected because it let users stream the NIN song “Downward Spiral,” which contains “objectionable content,” it would seem that Apple has changed its definition of “objectionable.” Or the company realized that letting this fight escalate any further would be a huge waste of time and energy, especially since the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0’s parental control feature will serve to prevent these kinds of battles from being waged in the future. Better to just let this one slide, and prepare for the next major pitchfork-fest on the horizon.
According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Apple is now only accepting iPhone and iPod Touch apps compatible with the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0. It’s safe to assume that most developers have been preparing for this for a while, and as such, have been developing current and future apps using the OS 3.0 betas. The bigger issue will be with apps that are currently available. If those apps are not supported by the new OS, will they be forcibly removed from the app store?
At the very least, every app residing on people’s iPhones and available on the app store that hasn’t been built to run on OS 3.0 will need to be patched or reworked before the OS is released, whenever that is. Not a small undertaking that, assuming the new OS is drastically different than the current one.
What are your predictions on the iPhone OS transition?