Apple Sounds the Call for iPad Developers

The Apple iPad is now open to application creators, with Apple giving developers a narrow window to submit their iPad apps for possible inclusion in the App Store before the product hits store shelves.

With such a short deadline, would-be iPad app developers certainly have their work cut out for them. And working under the gun is not all that they have to contend with: Apple is laying down some very strict guidelines for developers with aspirations of working on actual hardware; everyone else has to use the SDK’s emulator.

Considering that it’s still unclear how many iPads have been purchased since the device went on pre-order, it’s all amounting to quite a gamble for developers. Then again, the payoff could be high, too: Prime placement in the App Store in advance of one of the industry’s most closely watched product debuts in years. Datamation takes a look.

Apple has notified developers that it is ready to take submissions for iPad applications to be sold on its own App Store. Developers were informed that if they want to have their app run through the approval process and ready for the April 3 launch day, they must get their app in by 5 pm PDT, March 27.

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) made it clear that only apps submitted for the initial review will be considered for the grand opening of the iPad App Store. They must be built and tested using iPhone SDK 3.2 beta 5 and only that version. Developers will receive additional information about submitting their app for final review before the iPad ships.

Read the full story at Datamation:

Apple Now Taking Devs’ iPad App Store Submissions

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