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    Just saw this on Apple website

    http://www.apple.com/hotnews/

    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. [Oct 17, 2007]
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    This is GRAND news for us that want to dev for the iPhone. It also means we will be seeing some absolutly stunning applications and software come out for the iphone in the future........ im dreaming of multiplayer RPG's on the iphone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmcallister View Post
    This is GRAND news for us that want to dev for the iPhone. It also means we will be seeing some absolutly stunning applications and software come out for the iphone in the future........ im dreaming of multiplayer RPG's on the iphone.
    1. don't be too excited (yet)
    2. I have the bad feeling that Apple will introduce some sort of digital DRM protected certificate for each and every application and that ONLY such "certified" applications will allow SDK users to actually make these applications work without issues, incl. surviving fw updates
    3. I'm pretty sure that the "certification" will cost a lot of money, it won't be free for developers, maybe also to keep out the open source community because they usually go one step further with their developments
    4. I have the suspicion that "certified" applications will be installed (and sold) through iTunes only, meaning that Apple has full control over the distribution method and of course the sort of application made avaialable (I doubt that programs like AnySIM or Mobile Terminal will be approved applications ).
    5. I think that Steve Jobs and Apple came under a lot of pressure, not from customers and developers but from inside Apple too, reminding him of what he said and did in the past. I still don't think that SJ gives a damn about it but it may have
    forced him to find a "convenient" way to offer a SDK package for developers without loosing the focus on how he wants to earn money with the iPhone.

    Yes, it is a start and we should think positive. Judging by his claims regarding viruses, malware, etc. and the "most advanced phone in the world" (with 3G and A2DP, maybe...), I just think that Apple prepares some sort of iTunes distribution channel for SDK developped third party applications, also meaning that despite the fact that users will have to pay money for these applications (not a bad thing at all), the developers will be asked to pay for the certification and distribution too (very bad thing). Honestly, I hope I'm wrong but looking at the AT&T deal and the deals with other phone service carriers, I'm pretty sure that the available SDK won't make many people happy, especially not "free" developers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 997TT View Post
    1. don't be too excited (yet)
    2. I have the bad feeling that Apple will introduce some sort of digital DRM protected certificate for each and every application and that ONLY such "certified" applications will allow SDK users to actually make these applications work without issues, incl. surviving fw updates
    3. I'm pretty sure that the "certification" will cost a lot of money, it won't be free for developers, maybe also to keep out the open source community because they usually go one step further with their developments
    4. I have the suspicion that "certified" applications will be installed (and sold) through iTunes only, meaning that Apple has full control over the distribution method and of course the sort of application made avaialable (I doubt that programs like AnySIM or Mobile Terminal will be approved applications ).
    5. I think that Steve Jobs and Apple came under a lot of pressure, not from customers and developers but from inside Apple too, reminding him of what he said and did in the past. I still don't think that SJ gives a damn about it but it may have
    forced him to find a "convenient" way to offer a SDK package for developers without loosing the focus on how he wants to earn money with the iPhone.

    Yes, it is a start and we should think positive. Judging by his claims regarding viruses, malware, etc. and the "most advanced phone in the world" (with 3G and A2DP, maybe...), I just think that Apple prepares some sort of iTunes distribution channel for SDK developped third party applications, also meaning that despite the fact that users will have to pay money for these applications (not a bad thing at all), the developers will be asked to pay for the certification and distribution too (very bad thing). Honestly, I hope I'm wrong but looking at the AT&T deal and the deals with other phone service carriers, I'm pretty sure that the available SDK won't make many people happy, especially not "free" developers.
    I would agree with you if it weren't for one huge thing. Apple selling approved applications through iTunes is not what they would be able to call "releasing an SDK". For example, you can buy iPod games through iTunes, these games are programmed by third party developers, but Apple never claimed to be "releasing an SDK" for the iPod.

    I will tell you one thing, though. The development is not going to be as, well, unrestricted is probably the best word, if blatantly obvious nonetheless. Apple is undoubtedly going to have some kind of approval system in place, otherwise why would they even mention Nokia's approach? But don't get all anti-Apple yet, no one said that this approval would cost money, nor would it necessarily be exclusive only to the big commercial developers. Hell, an app might not even really need approval, perhaps you would just get warnings up the wazoo and a sandbox mode when installing an unsupported app.

    The issues you bring up are pretty much moot when you think about the actual meaning of the term "releasing an SDK". I'm cautiously optimistic that Apple will do the right thing.

    But let's look at the big picture here, people. There is no other way to put it, this is huge. This is legendary. I honestly believe that the iPhone will be untouchable to the competition come next February now that it has the support of a community of developers and Apple at the same time .

    Now everyone do a little victory dance, you all deserve it for reminding Apple that we exist and we won't be silenced. The thing that sucks is that now, the fun of hacking the iPhone will be gone, and our little community will dissolve into nothingness as people no longer need to become hackers in training to get what they want on the iPhone. Farewell all, it was a good run. *observes moment of silence*.

    Oh wait, we still have a few months. Hehe.
    How much you want to bet that Apple is going to lock the iPhone down like Fort Knox before the SDK is released just to piss us off and give us one more challenge?

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    I'm happy they're releasing an SDK. I do wonder if and how they're going to implement their security, though. I'm not really sure how digital signature's work.
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