Despite disconcerting notices that were interpreted as rejection letters, Apple is now sending acceptance letters to a much broader swath of those who applied to the $99 iPhone Developer program -- including many who received the initial, dismissive notes. iPhone Atlas has, in the past 24 hours, received messages from a number of developers indicating acceptance into the program.
One iPhone Atlas reader writes:
"Looks like Apple is expanding the iPhone dev Beta. I just got accepted into the iPhone developer program. Good timing since I finished my first iPhone app yesterday!"
The text of the acceptance letter reads:
"Thank you for applying to the iPhone Developer Program. We have reviewed the information you submitted when you initiated your program enrollment request and we are ready to instruct you on the steps required to complete the enrollment process.
"Please click here to review and agree to the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement. You must execute this agreement prior to completing the purchase and activation process for the iPhone Developer Program. Once you complete and activate your purchase, your enrollment will be complete.
"iPhone Developer Program."
The iPhone Developer Program allows access to pre-release iPhone software (i.e. iPhone OS 2.0); technical support; the ability to get code onto iPhones for testing; and distribution of applications via the new App Store.