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  • Cook: Apple to Open iOS to Third-Party Developers


    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.
    Cook believes customers pay for Apple to make certain choices on their behalf, including the system’s security and stability. Mossberg referenced Google’s Android lock screen assets as an example of being open to developers. He even went as far as pointing to Facebook’s Home Android launcher, saying he heard the social network offered a similar solution for iOS. When asked about this in specific, Cook responded with the following:

    I've see some of these settings screens, and I don't think that's what customers want. Do some want it? Yes
    As a result, he expects iOS to become more open but hinted that the control will still ultimately lie in Apple’s hands.

    Source: AllThingsD
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cook: Apple to Open iOS to Third-Party Developers started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      This is a positive in my book. Who remembers around pre 2007 & nokia N95 when it was such a hassle getting apps on your phone! Apple stepped up first with a great os then born from cydia ( I believe) the AppStore. Every phone manufacturer owes a lot to apple and now this is the news we have all been waiting for.
    1. JustCause152's Avatar
      JustCause152 -
      He's right. People who buy Crapple do expect Crapple to make choices on their behalf. That's because most of the people who buy Crapple products are simple and have no imagination and are about as tech savvy as a rock!
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      I have to agree, Apple is not doing a bad job with the iPhone/iPad/iPod (iOS). It's very stable, rock solid, and has a TON of support in every way shape and form. If he says they will open up more year after year that's enough for me. (jailbreak or not) JustCasue152, as soon as you used the word Crapple I couldn't take you serious. The world is a better place because of how standard/stable iOS is. They haven't abused their control yet. I'll be happy the jump ship if they cross the line in the future, but so far so good.
    1. macsrock's Avatar
      macsrock -
      Justcause.. You're so smart. I wish apple people were smart as you. /s
    1. Dainelli's Avatar
      Dainelli -
      Quote Originally Posted by JustCause152 View Post
      He's right. People who buy Crapple do expect Crapple to make choices on their behalf. That's because most of the people who buy Crapple products are simple and have no imagination and are about as tech savvy as a rock!
      Heh, and I'm sure you're using Windows right? I'm sure you expect Windows to make a few choices on your behalf as well. Like for example what the default design of your overall OS is like. Not because you are as tech savvy as a pair of socks, but because you can't be arsed.
    1. plaintom's Avatar
      plaintom -
      Quote Originally Posted by JustCause152 View Post
      He's right. People who buy Crapple do expect Crapple to make choices on their behalf. That's because most of the people who buy Crapple products are simple and have no imagination and are about as tech savvy as a rock!
      It's always so amusing when ignorant shows itself...
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      I'd like to see widgets for notification center and quick reply a standard thing. But to get things like MCP+, intelliscreen x, zephyr etc. I doubt iOS will open up that much
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by JustCause152 View Post
      He's right. People who buy Crapple do expect Crapple to make choices on their behalf. That's because most of the people who buy Crapple products are simple and have no imagination and are about as tech savvy as a rock!
      This is sarcasm right?
    1. devteamtools's Avatar
      devteamtools -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      This is a positive in my book. Who remembers around pre 2007 & nokia N95 when it was such a hassle getting apps on your phone! Apple stepped up first with a great os then born from cydia ( I believe) the AppStore. Every phone manufacturer owes a lot to apple and now this is the news we have all been waiting for.
      Both Installer and Cydia I miss Installer, those were retro days. And I also agree, this is a positive thing. I'm excited, the next 11 days couldn't go faster
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JustCause152 View Post
      He's right. People who buy Crapple do expect Crapple to make choices on their behalf. That's because most of the people who buy Crapple products are simple and have no imagination and are about as tech savvy as a rock!
      Just a troll on our site. Ignore him, he'll go away. After all, he has nothing to add except for...., nope, he has nothing to add.
    1. Villebilly's Avatar
      Villebilly -
      Would it be too complicated if they made both an open and closed version? What I like about everything in the App Store is I don't have to worry about complications or viruses like in Cydia for my wife's phone. For me I JB but download cautiously.
    1. stolenpentium's Avatar
      stolenpentium -
      Quote Originally Posted by JustCause152 View Post
      He's right. People who buy Crapple do expect Crapple to make choices on their behalf. That's because most of the people who buy Crapple products are simple and have no imagination and are about as tech savvy as a rock!
      How's your Galaxy?
    1. klip2006's Avatar
      klip2006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JustCause152 View Post
      He's right. People who buy Crapple do expect Crapple to make choices on their behalf. That's because most of the people who buy Crapple products are simple and have no imagination and are about as tech savvy as a rock!
      Oh my a apple troll in a apple news blog. Someone get this guy a LIFE.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by devteamtools View Post
      Both Installer and Cydia I miss Installer, those were retro days. And I also agree, this is a positive thing. I'm excited, the next 11 days couldn't go faster
      Lol I forgot about installer I reckon they are going to open it up a bit because of the rumoured iwatch. Devs could make some cool new integrated apps with it. Personally I'd get more out of an iwatch than google glass
    1. mbeezy81's Avatar
      mbeezy81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JustCause152 View Post
      He's right. People who buy Crapple do expect Crapple to make choices on their behalf. That's because most of the people who buy Crapple products are simple and have no imagination and are about as tech savvy as a rock!
      Yet your in an Apple Forum, smh. Somebody doesn't get enough attention in life huh?!
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Yeah he obviously owns an android.
    1. Rcworship's Avatar
      Rcworship -
      Quote Originally Posted by JustCause152 View Post
      He's right. People who buy Crapple do expect Crapple to make choices on their behalf. That's because most of the people who buy Crapple products are simple and have no imagination and are about as tech savvy as a rock!
      Wait...I don't get it...who's crapple? 😬
    1. i113's Avatar
      i113 -
      "Cook believes customers pay for Apple to make certain choices on their behalf, including the system’s security and stability."

      He sounds like the US govt, knowing what's best for us.

      I enjoy the security and stability, however, I think it should be up to the user to customize the overall look of the UI. I've seen some people do some ugly things with their UI, but it's their phone so more power to them.

      They really need to add a "sheep mode" button for people that want ios to "just work" and open up the UI for the rest of us.
    1. GnatGoSplat's Avatar
      GnatGoSplat -
      That's great, but I'd prefer a mobile OS that's more open to consumers.
      I don't much care for all these locks and restrictions to protect the consumers from themselves. For example, preventing iPhone owners from downgrading to an older version of iOS. Why do that? I can see they want everyone to have a modern, consistent experience, but if someone wants to downgrade their phone to an older iOS and are fine with the drawbacks of running an older iOS, why not let them? Imagine if Microsoft somehow made it so if you've ever installed Windows 8 on a PC, you could never downgrade back to Windows 7, or back in the Vista days, you couldn't downgrade back to XP. I don't think most people would like that at all, so why have that kind of restriction on a mobile OS? Also, why fight jailbreakers? Why not let users decide if they want to take the risk of installing apps from unknown sources? I can understand not wanting to offer technical support to these people and telling people with jailbroken phones that they're SOL unless they want to restore back to stock, but people should be allowed to jailbreak their phones if they want to. Better yet, just add the ability to install apps from unknown sources in Settings and few people would need to jailbreak in the first place.

      It's those kinds of restrictions against consumers that have me eying Android more and more.
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      Quote Originally Posted by JustCause152 View Post
      He's right. People who buy Crapple do expect Crapple to make choices on their behalf. That's because most of the people who buy Crapple products are simple and have no imagination and are about as tech savvy as a rock!
      I take high offense to that as I am one of the most tech savy people in my city (behind only top of the line state workers ). not to mention I have developed many unfinished games, mods, tweaks, and themes.