A pleasant message to our pals around within the iPod accessory and software package advancement communities: you could not want to set people “Made For iPhone” statements on your packages, press releases, and ads just nevertheless. And readers, you may wish to maintain off on putting your orders for iPhone add-ons till, nicely, at the very least June 29th. Maybe somewhat later on.
This is the assistance we would provide depending on well-informed chatter we have been hearing about the past few months. Developers have been producing numerous assumptions in regards to the iPhone, some of them unwarranted, and some from the unfavorable consequences of those assumptions are now just a few weeks far from turning out to be extensively recognized. Considering that several businesses have claimed to get shipping “iPhone accessories” more than the previous number of weeks, we wanted to reveal some fact about a couple of significant misconceptions which might be currently around.
(1) The iPhone is actually a “widescreen iPod,” and as a result, will electronically behave precisely like a fifth-generation iPod which has a widescreen: Wrong. If you’ve launched an accessory that promises to operate with the iPhone equally as it functions using the iPod, you may be in for the surprise. There have been substantial differences among the fourth- and fifth-generation iPods, just as there have been with iPod minis and nanos. Opposite to well-known belief, iPods can and do vary electronically regardless of the existence of that Dock Connector within the bottom of all non-shuffle designs. iPhones are most likely to differ much more. Based on only one recent report, the iPhone may only talk with your computer utilizing iTunes, much like Apple Tv, but in contrast to all iPods. Which means everything from third-party purposes to specific kinds of equipment may possibly not function the way in which you would count on, or at all.
For developers, the position is straightforward: should you have not examined your software program or accessory with an iPhone, and you might be promising individuals that it can be going to perform, you might wish to quit now, or commence creating up your dollars reserves for refunds. Towards the ideal of our expertise, no iPod accessory maker truly has an iPhone to check with, so these assurances are being created purely within the foundation of assumptions. Shoppers ought to hear precisely the same standard concept: if you are thinking of buying a thing that is supposedly “Made For iPhone,” a minimum of as of these days, it is virtually assuredly not.
(2) The iPhone’s measurements on-line are adequate to build great cases: Incorrect. Just understanding the device’s width, peak, and thickness does not empower an organization to build an iPhone circumstance that can really operate. The iPhone has sensors that may be thrown off by improperly created cases. It’s got a touch-sensitive display screen that will or may possibly not function when covered by specified varieties of materials. And do not forget the microphone, speakers, digicam, and several buttons. It really is not ample simply to realize that they’re there: the fact is always that no one’s going to want an iPhone circumstance that obscures critical features of the telephone, iPod, or World wide web apps. From what we understand, smart case design and style is turning out to become a good deal trickier than some people may well have expected. A good deal.
To reiterate, this isn’t some FUD (worry, uncertainty, and doubt) campaign: as we have explained ahead of, our purpose is usually to see as several individuals as you possibly can enjoy protected and nice experiences with their iPods and iPhones. Depending on almost everything we know appropriate now, the wise way to make certain a great add-on knowledge together with the iPhone will likely be to wait until the dust settles, in lieu of rushing to try out whichever you find on the web. From the early days of iPhone, the safest-if not cheapest-places to seek out iPhone equipment is going to be Apple and AT&T stores, which will probably be less probably to stock items that may have problems with iPhones. Once developers have in fact used iPhones to check (and in several cases, throw away and replace) their first-generation iPhone products, you’ll have a better sense of which add-ons and software package are truly iPhone-ready, and worthy of your income.