Apple Tells Me “Thanks, But No Thanks”

Like 10 million other iPhone fanboys, I applied for the Apple iPhone developer program. Today, one week after applying, I received this email

Thank you for expressing interest in the iPhone Developer Program. We have received your enrollment request. As this time, the iPhone Developer Program is available to a limited number of developers and we plan to expand during the beta period. We will contact you again regarding your enrollment status at the appropriate time.

Thank you for applying.

Best regards,

iPhone Developer Program

And I’ve seen lots of other people on Twitter complaining of getting the same email. One disappointed reject said this

As I understand it, no one got in except for a handful of large partner companies alla Google.

It’s bad enough that the “free SDK” isn’t actually free since you have to pay $99 to be able to load your apps on your own iPhone, but now they’re rejecting hopeful developers in bulk. They ought to let everyone in who wants in. What’s the harm?

Gee… I wonder if I’m violating some NDA by blogging this? I’m sure some of the helpful souls on the xcode-users list will let me know if I am.