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Jobs: Third Party iPhones Apps in February
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 at 11:55 AM - by
iPhone and iPod touch users have been clamoring for third party applications, and on Wednesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs finally committed. Mr. Jobs stated in an open letter on the Apple Web site that his company is in fact working on a software developer kit, or SDK, and that it will be available in February.
Mr. Jobs stated in the letter "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."
Although developers and users would undoubtedly prefer to have an iPhone SDK and applications available now, the February commitment is still good news. Apple's official endorsement for third party applications means that once the SDK is available, users won't have to worry about voiding their iPhone or iPod touch warranty, or potentially ruining their handheld with a software update.
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