Apple Now Seeking and Accepting iOS 4 Apps

Less than two weeks before the launch of the 4th generation iPhone, Apple is now actively seeking and accepting iOS 4 app submissions. On June 21st, the updated operating system – once called “iPhone OS” – will be released with a shiny new label and a smorgasbord of new features ranging from multitasking to iAds.

From Apple’s developer site:

Log in to iTunes Connect and submit your iOS 4 application now, so it will be ready for sale when iOS 4 is available to iPhone and iPod touch users. Make sure you have built and tested your app using iOS 4 and iPhone SDK 4 GM seed available from the iPhone Dev Center.

Expectations are high for the forthcoming slate of new iPhone apps, especially since 1,500 new APIs are now available for developers. iOS 4, however, will not run on the first iPhone or 1st generation iPod Touch. It will run on the iPhone 3G and 2nd generation iPod Touch but without many of the key features that define iOS 4.

During his opening remarks at WWDC 2010, Apple CEO Steve Jobs reiterated that his company still approves roughly 95% of app submissions within one week’s time. So with devs now openly invited to submit apps for what Jobs called “the most advanced mobile operating system in the world,” it’s a safe bet that a boatload of top-notch apps will be inbound for the App Store by the time the iPhone 4 reaches consumers later this month.