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  • SDK Coming | Apple Condones 3rd Party Apps
    October 17, 2007
    Third Party Applications on the iPhone
    Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

    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. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones—this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

    Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than “totally open,” we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

    We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.

    Steve

    P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch.

    via apple

    Thanks JedixJarf, coreym, and everyone else who pmd me
    This article was originally published in forum thread: SDK Coming | Apple Condones 3rd Party Apps started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 60 Comments
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Quote Originally Posted by jealous soul View Post
      Let's hire the team that singlehandedly corrupted many consumers basebands and made their phones unusable. Great idea.
      Haha, you're joking right? The Dev Team made the programs, YOU used them. If you ****** up your phone, blame the guy in the mirror. You show me a notification or app from the Dev Team, and I'll show you a "Use at your own Risk" warning in big bold letters.
    1. chancre_scolex's Avatar
      chancre_scolex -
      There is no way they are ever going to support summerboard and dock.
    1. Trent J.'s Avatar
      Trent J. -
      I am sure they will be dumb and charge you...
    1. coreym@cfl.rr.com's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by chancre_scolex View Post
      There is no way they are ever going to support summerboard and dock.
      I was thinking the same thing! I hope they do, I think those are two of the best apps out! I swticher is good too. but I love my summerboard and dock! I guess we will have to see!!
    1. tk13_sj's Avatar
      tk13_sj -
      Quote Originally Posted by jayson9 View Post
      sure...... but then we would have to pay for all those cool apps!

      Probably better to keep it the way it is......
      seriously...
    1. randyg's Avatar
      randyg -
      I was wondering to myself what will all the whiners do when they start allowing 3rd party apps on the iPhone. Guess I didn't have to wait long for that answer did I?
    1. drkmstr's Avatar
      drkmstr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trent J. View Post
      I am sure they will be dumb and charge you...
      Ever own a palm? Just about all 3rd party apps were fee based. Come now people... if it is good it will be worth paying for.

      I am sure there will be some freeware but most decent programs will be fee based.
    1. tk13_sj's Avatar
      tk13_sj -
      let's add cut & paste and/or flash and/or real ichat first
      and stop trying so hard to kill the dev team
      ok apple, we are the brainless machines in the 1984 commercial and you are the master... is that not enough?

      Quote Originally Posted by randyg View Post
      I was wondering to myself what will all the whiners do when they start allowing 3rd party apps on the iPhone. Guess I didn't have to wait long for that answer did I?
      You must love getting your spanking, don't you?
      WHO'S YOUR DADDY? (oh i know the answer to that)
      F*ing brainless apple lover
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      so hostile. on both sides of this little (stupid/useless/inane) argument. jeeze folks need to grow up. you all have huge internet dicks, it shows, and they impress me. really. no joke.
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Quote Originally Posted by randyg View Post
      I was wondering to myself what will all the whiners do when they start allowing 3rd party apps on the iPhone. Guess I didn't have to wait long for that answer did I?
      Whaaaaaa, they're going to let third party apps on the iPhone, Whaaaaaa We're going to have a whole new whack of cleverly crafted apps to help in our everyday lives. Whaaaaaa
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      Quote Originally Posted by cash7c3 View Post
      so hostile. on both sides of this little (stupid/useless/inane) argument. jeeze folks need to grow up. you all have huge internet dicks, it shows, and they impress me. really. no joke.
      just quoting myself since I'm the only one capable of making a usefull post in this thread.

      @ those excited about apple releasing the SDK even though it will probably lead to apps that a) cost money or b) have all sorts of limits for who is allowed to develop for the iphone, thus cancelling out great developers.

      Great you have every right to be excited that apple is actually making some effort towards what consumers actually want.

      @ those that think that this is evil and is going to kill native app development etc etc etc.

      It wont, we'll still be modding.

      There is really no nasty debate to be had except by unreasonable idiots. Its all about internet **** size. Great you all win. A+
    1. Alperovich's Avatar
      Alperovich -
      I'd defiantly have to agree this is a good thing. It'll open up apps that you'll probably buy thru mobile itunes store. that'll install like they do on installer app or whatever, and you'll still have your installer app there to install freeware, they'll probably be even better b/c of the sdk. this is a good deal for all involved. as been said, this isn't the end for modding our phones. some things we'll always have to take into our own hands.
    1. coreym@cfl.rr.com's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by drkmstr View Post
      Ever own a palm? Just about all 3rd party apps were fee based. Come now people... if it is good it will be worth paying for.

      I am sure there will be some freeware but most decent programs will be fee based.
      That is not all true! I owned several palms and TREOs I had MANY very good FREE apps.
    1. Thailocalguy808's Avatar
      Thailocalguy808 -
      haha sweet i turned my bricked phone in a couple days ago to apple they gave me a new one im such a fibber n e ways had bricked it using one these tutorials so now im stuck with 1.1.1. so i thought and i was really hard minded on trying any of these things ever again so i got the balls to finally do something i really wanted my third party apps back well for any of you that are using 1.1.1. already and never used anysim or any unlocking technic go use ibrickr the version 9 one it will run u through the complete process of downgrading to 1.0.2 you WILL NOT even need to downgrade the baseband once u install 1.0.2 jus go ahead and drop in the installerapp v1.0.2 and there u go u got your phone back to 1.0.2 jailbroken and can have ur third party apps back and may i add the apps work jus fine
    1. MOSHO92's Avatar
      MOSHO92 -
      Quote Originally Posted by drkmstr View Post
      Ever own a palm? Just about all 3rd party apps were fee based. Come now people... if it is good it will be worth paying for.

      I am sure there will be some freeware but most decent programs will be fee based.
      Good point! The iPhone OS has much more flexibility than a palm given the multitouch interface, I think we will see some amazing apps once there is a profit to be made. Not that I would belittle any of the current apps (which are amazing) but once there is money to be made, developers will have much more incentive to dedicate resources to iPhone apps.

      My main concern is that Apple wont allow full access for developers. If Apple cripples developers access to the OS, 3rd party apps will be only slightly more useful than web-apps; in which case I'll probably still be running FW 1.0.2 in February.

      Time will tell!
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Quote Originally Posted by cash7c3 View Post
      There is really no nasty debate to be had except by unreasonable idiots. Its all about internet **** size. Great you all win. A+
      Damn right cash. But I've found you can't have a reasonable debate with unreasonable people, the only thing they truly understand is when you respond to them in their own limited language and comprehension. Sorry about that.
    1. EasyMac30's Avatar
      EasyMac30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
      Why would steve positively acknoledge a group of hackers who cut his revenue?
      And exactly what revenue did the Dev Team take from Apple?

      Their kickback from AT&T (for those who switched to T-Mobile)?

      Or was it all of these 3rd party apps? YES!!!

      We haven't been buying any 3rd party apps in iTunes....wait.....
    1. DoerrFan's Avatar
      DoerrFan -
      Its about time
    1. buddyyou69's Avatar
      buddyyou69 -
      these sucker finally cave in!!! apps, anyone?
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      I'm sticking with all the apps I have including Apolllo , etc until each of the apps developers can issue new versions using the SDK. If they aren't allowed to use the SDK then I will not be upgrading anytime in the near future.

      I have no problem paying for apps ( I always do shareware/donationware fees)
      as long as the money goes to the devs that have worked so hard.

      Quote Originally Posted by jealous soul View Post
      Let's hire the team that singlehandedly corrupted many consumers basebands and made their phones unusable. Great idea.
      No Apple did that.