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    "Recently, Apple employee Greg Joswiak gave an interview with PC Magazine about the new iPod Touch and the Apple iPhone. In this interview Joswiak stated that Apple was taking a neutral stance on 3rd party native application development that has, and is currently taking place for the iPhone and now the iPod Touch.
    This was great news to us all.

    Unfortunately, hours after this interview was published online, Joswiak contacted PC Magazine to "update" and "clear up" Apple's position on 3rd party application development for both devices. In his follow-up Joswiak says that future software updates will most likely break native 3rd party apps.

    It is for that reason that we, the iPhone and iPod Touch community, wish to present this open letter and petition to Steve Jobs and all of Apple, Inc.

    We wish to simply ask that you do not break native 3rd party applications in future software/firmware updates. We are not asking for support for the 3rd party native apps, and we are not even asking for an official SDK. We are simply asking that you do not break the ability we currently have to create and run these native applications. While we are asking that you not intentionally break any of these "features"/abilities, we are also asking that you make at least some effort to ensure that none of these "features"/abilities break with upcoming updates.

    We see the 3rd party iPhone/iPod Touch development community as just that, a community of your customers who are gathering together to expand on, and improve the amazing and revolutionary product(s) that you have brought us.
    We also believe that our efforts only increase the "cool factor" of the iPhone and iPod Touch and only make the product(s) easier to sell. Many of us have been able to convince people we known to purchase the iPhone and/or iPod Touch by showing them the wonderful features that you have provided by default, and then sealing the deal by also showing them all the 3rd party work that is being done.

    We hope our work will bring more revenue to your company, and only ask in return that you continue to let us do what we are doing and create attractive, useful, and fun applications that make the iPhone and iPod Touch without a doubt the best product(s) of their kind on the market today and with both of our work, the market to come.

    Thank you for your time, and your consideration.


    The iPhone and iPod Touch Community "
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Keep Native Apps on the iPhone started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 118 Comments
    1. brianiino's Avatar
      brianiino -
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -

      my expectations:
      I don't expect Apple to actively block 3rd party apps,I also don't expect them to try to make sure every 3rd party will work. I understand that sometimes they may break by the changes they make but I expect them to be minor and something 3rd party apps folks could fix. Finally If Apple allowed for development and provided guide lines none of this would be needed.
    1. bebeso's Avatar
      bebeso -
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      LaZARuZ -
    1. stg's Avatar
      stg -

      The third party apps are what I enjoy most. NES, TTR, SummerBoard and most inportantly installer.app

      I agree that apple should not have to be careful not to break third party apps with updates but to lock the iPhone up so that 3rd party apps are impossible is really limiting the appeal of the product.
    1. Entropy248's Avatar
      Entropy248 -
      I hereby agree to the aforementioned text in this petition.
      Signed, SFB, Jr.
    1. DarkJay's Avatar
      DarkJay -
    1. steinah's Avatar
      steinah -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
      When the rumored GSM version of the iPhone ships, will the firmware on this be different enough that it will break some apps? Probably.
      Pretty sure the "rumored GSM version" was announced in January 2007, and shipped on June 29th, 2007. Or am I missing something?

      Signed! (Signed x100 with made-up names as well)
    1. ronnibravo's Avatar
      ronnibravo -

      Create new apps, sell more iPhones, make Apple more money, it should be a no brainer!
    1. Jimbo's Avatar
      Jimbo -
      Quote Originally Posted by steinah View Post
      Pretty sure the "rumored GSM version" was announced in January 2007, and shipped on June 29th, 2007. Or am I missing something?
      Heh, sorry, that should have been 3G, not GSM.
    1. eternityofmagic's Avatar
      eternityofmagic -
      Kory W.

      By taking away 3rd party application features you will be irritating even more people. I thought irritating 1,000,000 people would be more than enough.
    1. Atreides's Avatar
      Atreides -

      Though I find it very very difficult to believe that Apple would intentionally disable 3rd party apps. Only thing I could think is they might be receiving some legal pressures from AT&T (with the exclusive market channel) that iPhone is "too easy" to hack and therefore diminish value of exclusive agreement (lost subscriptions to other GSM providers, lost revenues on iTune channel apps and svcs...). So maybe Apple has to make a token gesture to lock phone down. Seeing the craftiness of the dev community, I am sure would be no time at all to re-break it...

    1. nychickenwing's Avatar
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    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Jobs is a controlling megalomaniac. He'll simply laugh at this.
    1. dyeguy's Avatar
      dyeguy -

      but the thing is there pry gonna break it then take all the iphone application ideas and use them to develop there own "new" apple programs and sell them so im expecting im not gonna update my phone for awhile
    1. ebk06's Avatar
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    1. LoringStudios's Avatar
      LoringStudios -

      ( Why wouldn't I? The iPhone is the greatest thing ever created,.... since apps were created for it =) )
    1. scrowner's Avatar
      scrowner -

      (but is never going to make a difference.)