Of the myriad of topics crammed into Cook’s one hour interview at the D11 conference, one of the topics that came up was regarding the company’s mobile OS and third party developers. Cook said that third-party developers would slowly gain access to iOS application programming interfaces (APIs) in the future, allowing for apps to integrate with higher functions of iOS devices.
When asked whether the company’s mobile OS would become more “open” to developers, Cook ended up telling AllThingsD’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher the following:
Of course. On the general topic of opening up APIs, I think you'll see us open up more in the future, but not to the degree that we put the customer at risk of having a bad experience. So there's always a fine line to walk there, or maybe not so fine.
I've see some of these settings screens, and I don't think that's what customers want. Do some want it? Yes