Apple releasing iPhone/iPod touch SDK February 2008 - Macenstein

Apple releasing iPhone/iPod touch SDK February 2008


Steve Jobs (the REAL one) has announced that yes, the rumors are true, and there will in fact be an Apple-branded SDK for the iPhone (and iPod touch) released this February. Steve claims the official reason for the months long delay in delivering the SDK to developers has been Apple’s concerns over keeping the iPhone free from viruses and malware. “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.”

Sounds good. But if that was the master plan, why not tell us that from the beginning instead of playing up the web apps angle, thereby angering many hundreds of developers and many thousands of customers?

Oh well, the point is we’ll likely have 3rd party iPhone/iPod touch apps right after the Super Bowl (Feb 3rd) so let’s start those Apple Super Bowl ad rumors NOW!

Official Steve letter below:

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.


P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch. [Oct 17, 2007]

2 Responses to “Apple releasing iPhone/iPod touch SDK February 2008”
  1. Rowlings says:

    I like how he signs it “Steve”. This could be any Steve at Apple.

    How awesome would it be if this wasn’t actually Steve Jobs, and the Apple site got hacked?

  2. Jason says:

    Crossing my fingers for a Getting Things Done Todo app.

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