Yesterday during the presentation of the new iPhone 3.0 SDK, Apple announced that developers will finally get to use the announced Push Notification service. This will allow iPhone apps to receive messages even while they are not running.
We are members of the iPhone Developer Program because we think the hosted Mac minis make a really great back end for these iPhone applications. Since the cost is so low and our install time is quick, developers can grow along with their application. We like to keep an eye on the technologies and read through the documents available in the program.
However, we are not currently developing any applications. We’re focusing on helping other developers get their project going.
So here is what we’re looking for right now. We’d like to work with a couple developers who are planning to use the push notification system in their applications. We’ll put you on some Mac minis here in the data center and host the machine for a year at no cost. We’ll give you as much bandwidth as you need. In return, we’d like to keep in good contact with you through the development process and have you inform us on what kind of performance you’re getting for the Push Notification system. From what we’ve seen from our internal testing, these Mac minis will be able to keep up with even the most popular applications. Now we’d like to see some real world numbers on real world apps.
If you’d like to work with us, feel free to send me a note. We’re going to choose two or three applications that look like they’ll provide good performance benchmarks on the Push Notifications. It’s open to both new and existing applications. We’ll agree to NDA on the application ideas, we’re just interested in the performance numbers.
Update: Thanks for all the interest. I think we’ve found the devs we are going to work for on the benchmarking. However, we’d still love to be considered for any other devs that want to host with us.