Wednesday, October 17, 2007

It’s a start: third-party iPhone apps

It's been the obvious move for a while now, but Apple finally realized that they'd screwed up pretty badly, and today Mr. Jobs agreed to open up the iPhone platform.

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.

This hasn't quite absolved Apple in my eyes. It doesn't really bother me that Apple has locked their phone to AT&T's network: I'm used to using phones that are locked to one network or the other. But it remains annoying to me that Apple ever thought they could get away with more-or-less permanently (OK, not so permanently) bricking phones which some enterprising hacker figured out how to unlock. So Apple's not entirely back in my good graces: but I might actually consider getting one for my wife. Maybe.

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