"Thank you, but no thank you" is what Apple is telling thousands of potential iPhone developers. According to InformationWeek, Apple is sending out e-mail rejection letters to individuals and companies alike looking to get into its iPhone Developer Program.
Ars Technica suggests these rejections could be a way for Apple to stall for more time. Apple claims the iPhone SDK has already been downloaded 100,000 times. While not everyone who has downloaded the SDK has applied to the iPhone Developer Program, certainly Apple is getting slammed with requests.
Most of the developers in the Ars Technica piece were hopeful about eventually being accepted. But the same cannot be said of the commentors to this Unofficial Apple Weblog post.
ZDNet blogger Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, while one of the hopeful, is not surprised by Apple's tactics. Apple's mantra of late, he says, seems to be overpromise, generate lots of hype, and then underdeliver. Still, he believes that once the rejected are allowed in, they will be divided into a two-tier system: the big names and everyone else.