WaikatoLink, the commercial arm of the University of Waikato, is one of the first organisations outside the US to join the iPhone Developer Programme. Initially only avaliable in the US, the programme is now expanding to other countries.
Technology development manager Bram Smith says one of its developers chased Apple to get the licence.
“We wanted to get into developing licensed applications. WaikatoLink has a world class computing science facility and students which is a huge resource who we can utilise for this project and I think Apple saw that opportunity as well.”
The Hothouse, which Smith is involved with, is part of WaikatoLink and is focused on getting students and graduates working on real commercial projects with the iPhone been just one of those developments.
He says the organisation is working through a list of possible iPhone applications it wants to develop for release on Apple's new App Store. "We want to look at the capability of the phone and what it can do. It’s a new platform and there is quite a bit of the unknown around what it can do.”
The new App Store will be avaliable in 62 countries. Developers set the price for their applications and retain 70 percent of all sales revenues.
Within the next few months, WaikatoLink aims to launch applications on the App Store, giving them access to millions of iPhone and iPod touch customers.
Smith adds that he is personally excited about the local launch of the 3G version and would look at buying one for personal use. "It’s an exciting platform and it also opens up the possibility of not just developing apps for people overseas but also for New Zealanders.”