iPhone News Desk
Apple to Open iPhone to Known Outsiders
SDK will let third-party applications on the iPhone, ending that particular kafuffle
Oct. 23, 2007 10:45 AM
In a missive to the world Wednesday Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the company was working on an SDK that will let third-party applications on the iPhone, ending that particular kafuffle.
It will take until February to organize it, he said, because it's supposed to keep viruses, malware and privacy attacks at bay.
He suggested Apple may follow Nokia's example of insisting on digital signatures that can be traced back to a known developer.
"While this makes such a phone less than 'totally open,'" he said, "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."
He said the same SDK would also work for the iPhone-like Internet-based Pod touch.