Official: 3rd Party App SDK in Feburary 2008

ahduke99

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http://www.macrumors.com/2007/10/17/steve-jobs-announces-3rd-party-sdk-for-iphone-for-february-2008/

Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

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. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones—this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than “totally open,” we believe it is a step in the right direction. We 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.

We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.

Steve

P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch. [Oct 17, 2007]
 

beej

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That's great news!
 

greenjbhsd

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Wow, February? Glad (understatement) it is coming, but wow that is much further out then I would have expected. At least SJ is starting to open his eyes and see that he needs to listen to the consumer!
 

SpongebObiWan

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Personally, I think that Steve gets off on the love/hate drama that seems to surround him. Maybe it's a "power" thing :p J/K (sorta)
 

Marianne

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sweet! i can't wait to get my hands on some real applications without hacking my iPhone!

At least SJ is starting to open his eyes and see that he needs to listen to the consumer!
i wouldn't be surprised at all if this was planned from the start - they were simply waiting for leopard for some key elements that are going to be tied to the iPhone in some way, and the "web apps only" was just a line instead of saying that leopard was really the key. that way, they avoided hearing even more of an outcry when leopard was delayed to deliver the iPhone...
 

acosmichippo

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sweet! i can't wait to get my hands on some real applications without hacking my iPhone!



i wouldn't be surprised at all if this was planned from the start - they were simply waiting for leopard for some key elements that are going to be tied to the iPhone in some way, and the "web apps only" was just a line instead of saying that leopard was really the key. that way, they avoided hearing even more of an outcry when leopard was delayed to deliver the iPhone...

That's a good point. Otherwise there would be no reason to keep this under wraps for so long, while letting their customers fume about the lack of support.
 

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this is outstanding!
first itoner and now this!?
this is just too good~!