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Discussion in 'iPad' started by flyguy206, Mar 10, 2010.
How come they got to work on the ipad before other people?
Because they're special and probably were contacted about some sort of licensing agreement before the release. Clearly Apple wanted certain content available immediately to customers when the iPad launched.
so would it be safe to say that apple did this with people we don't know about?
Now that it's been announced there's not really any reason for any of the major developers to stay quiet about their products for the iPad.
I think Steve Jobs or the app-development guy DID say this, more or less, at the product announcement. They said something to the effect that "We've been working with developers to bring their ideas to the iPad, and we've invited SOME of them here today to show us what they're planning for this exciting new product." Then we had a brief parade of 6 or 8 developers, including the NY Times, to show off their apps.
We don't know how many developers were invited to Cupertino. Flurry Analytics reported that they had detected (how, I don't know) about 50 unidentified devices running iPhone OS, presumed to be iPads, in use at the Cupertino campus in the weeks before the announcement in January. Maybe there have been a lot more since, or maybe not so many. As usual with Apple, we just don't know.
As to why the NYT in particular, I'd say it's probably two things. One, it's the flagship newspaper in the U.S. and therefore its presence on stage gave the iPad a kind of instant respectability among a certain audience in the publishing and media communities, which Apple is trying to court. And two, the NYT was pretty quick in developing an iPhone app that has proven popular and has probably increased the paper's reach into a new audience of people who like to get their news online -- thus providing an example that Apple hopes other traditional periodicals will follow.
Probably because they know how to keep their big mouths shut.
They most likely only got to use the SDK at apple 3 weeks before. Even then the ipad design in the SDK was probably different from what the SDK has now.
Thats my guess.