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SDK for iPhone

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steve-jobs-and-the-iphone.jpgIn September I wrote that Apple would need to consider officially endorsing the development of native third-party applications on the iPhone as the lack of these was regarded as a handicap in some quarters. Apple also received a lot of bad press following the iPhone’s recent firmware update, which disabled third-party applications that certain users had installed on their handsets by hacking the iPhone’s software.

Now I see that CEO Steve Jobs has written an open letter on Apple’s website promising an SDK by February next year that will give developers the tools to produce applications for the iPhone. He writes: It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once—provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. He goes on to say that the threat of cell phone viruses has been understated and that companies like Nokia have already taken steps to combat the problem. According to him Apple are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

I think that the phrase “broad access” is a telling one. It will be interesting to see what sort of restrictions Apple will impose on development and whether it will bar certain applications that may negatively affect their revenue, such as VoIP and instant messaging. But at least now there is an SDK in the works.

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Written by macinjay

October 18, 2007 at 6:38 am

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