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At an event Thursday at Apple headquarters, Mr. Jobs announced a low-cost software development kit that outside programmers can use to create programs for the iPhone, much as they now write the vast majority of the programs created for the Macintosh. Until now, iPhones have officially been able to run only the limited assortment of applications that Apple includes. (Some buyers have modified the phones to add unauthorized software.)
“We’re very excited about this,” said Mr. Jobs, who also announced that the company was adding features to make the iPhone more appealing to business users. “We think a lot of people, after understanding where we are going, are going to want to become an iPhone developer.”
Apple to Encourage iPhone Applications Developers [nytimes.com]
The beta iPhone SDK download at
It will be interesting to see if the iPhone can remain stable and reliable if a zillion developers start cranking out apps, interface mods, etc.
I cannot see the extra apps making the entire phone unstable, it is based on OSX and that seems OK with lots of developers writing apps for it.
I think this will revolutionise mobile phones, even though you can get apps for phones now, Apple will make it much easier to do as they did with iTunes. RIM should be very very worried at the moment...
The only bad part is you need an Intel Mac and Leopard to run the SDK.
P.S. The BBC iPlayer now works on the iPhone too.
There are also donating $100million via the iFund
That's not Apple, and it's not a donation.
Venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins is starting a fund to invest in companies that develop iPhone apps, and is committing $100M to that fund.
But this is still hardly "opening" the iPhone:
The programs that are created will then be available to iPhone users exclusively through a new service on all iPhones called the Apps Store, an aspect of the plan that may discourage some developers. Apple will keep 30 percent of the sale price.
Mr. Jobs said that Apple would offer only those programs that it approves
I presume that developers get some kind of a key that will allow them to test apps on an actual iPhone.
I predict that the developer program will be widely-abused. What iPhone user wouldn't pay $99 to install an "unauthorized" app?
Somebody will emerge from the woodwork to help non-techie users with that process - for a small fee, of course.
I'll wait for the Linux phones, which will open the floodgates and leave the iPhone in the dust.
Jobs is talking out of both sides of his mouth, and different words are coming out. What else is new?
a low-cost software development kit that outside programmers can use to create programs for the iPhone
I can't believe that we are still reading things like this today. Software and tools drive usefulness of their end product and ultimately sales of said product. Give the SDK away for crying out loud.
I'm not thrilled about having to buy the SDK, but then I'm also not too thrilled about having to buy a Mac to support it either.
That said, I'm still going to do both, because I must.
Even so, I can justify the investment, knowing that I also don't have to buy an iPhone, but that I can use the SDK to simulate it. So, between the cost of the iPhone and network activation, I can justify the expense.
When a Linux phone and SDK come out, I'll deal with that then.
The iphone is also a big big deal for website owners and we must make our sites iphone friendly.
Thanks to this SDK announcement and what apple is promising the iphone will probaly replace Blackberry, Palm and Nokia.
People really this is the start of something huge.
There's a reason I put "developers" in quotes.
As I predicted, there's been some monkey business.
Turns out you get the iPhone 2.0 beta software with the download. (Some press reports erroneously say that you don't.)
Most of those "developers" are probably eager end-users.
And - surprise, surprise - there are claims that it has already been hacked, to permit downloading unauthorized apps.