Posted on 18-Oct-2007 08:19.
Filed under: News
Apple CEO Steve Jobs wrote on Apple's website a note explaining that it will take until February 2008 for the company to release a Software Development Kit (SDK) for the Apple iPhone.
The software will also allow developers to create applications for the iPod touch.
"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."
The official announcement says that "... 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."
Steve Jobs compared the decision of locking the iPhone with moves from other manufacturers. He explicitly referred to Nokia, 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.