Well that sure would be a surprise (or not, considering Apple’s penchant for throwing change-ups). While the world has been put on notice that Apple would be launching their AppStore on July 11th, to coincide with the iPhone 3G’s global launch, there are rumors flying around that Apple might kick off the festivities a little early.
Apple sent out a notice to all iPhone developers that they’ll need to submit their wares post-haste if they want to get in on the AppStore’s launch:
Have your application be among the first available when the App Store goes live. To ensure your application can be considered for the exciting launch of the App Store, submit your application by 12 PM PDT, on July 7, 2008. We will continue to accept applications after this time, however your application may not be available until after the launch of the App Store. Conduct final testing of your application with iPhone OS beta eight and submit your app today.
Of course, Apple isn’t spilling any beans about the AppStore’s exact launch window, but it sure would be nice to get a chance to play with all those iPhone apps as we wait patiently for Apple to drop the iPhone 3G bomb on us. And, with all AppStore submissions in hand by noon today, we could see Apple going live with the AppStore as early as tomorrow, Tuesday, July 8.
Keep your hopes bottled up for now, and keep an eye out tomorrow!