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iPhone, iPod Touch opened to developers

iPhone, iPod Touch opened to developers

The iPhone and iPod Touch SDK will be available to developers by February.

I just can't get on with the iPhone myself and just know that I'd be eternally worried of sitting on the touch sensitive screen or gouging it with my keys. Tim on the other hand loves his iPhone so much that he still plays the alarm sound on it just to show off a bit.

So, it's for people like Tim that I'm writing this bit of news about how Steve Jobs has opened up the iPhone and iPod touch to third party developers.

Previously the iPhone and iPod touch were closed off so that only Apple could legally write software for them. True, there was a slew of homebrew applications and games, but they were pretty much illegal and often fiddly to set up.

Opening up the iPhone to developers could change all that and give professional third party developers a new platform to tinker with as they churn out a load of touch-sensitive games.

In a news post on the Apple homepage, the man at the top said quite bluntly that the SDK for the iPhone will be available by February.

"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."

Apple are also worried about how the SDK could be exploited however and are trying to design a secure and safe method for controlling applications on the iPhone.

"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."

So, I hope you're happy Tim. Who knows, if they make enough good games for the iPhone then I may relent and finally pick one up myself. If you think you'll be doing the same or if you just want to dredge up the old PC vs. Mac argument, then head to the forums.

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will. 18th October 2007, 10:47 Quote
When they up the space on the touch I will want one. I don't want the phone though.
quack 18th October 2007, 11:02 Quote
It's about time, although I still won't be buying either. I'm happy with my ZEN. :)
Johnny Bravo 18th October 2007, 11:15 Quote
Guess they decided they couldn't keep the developers out in the end......
Fly 18th October 2007, 11:44 Quote
LOL. Does that mean we will have to rely on 3rd party apps for MMS?
Jamie 18th October 2007, 12:10 Quote
Looking forward to getting scummVM on my ipod touch.
cyrilthefish 18th October 2007, 13:08 Quote
Aaah, history is repeating itself.

Microsoft did a nearly identical thing about 5 years ago with their first windows mobile phones: complete 3rd party app-lockout, which then got hacked and bypassed, eventually forcing MS to cave in and open up the phones.

Just think how much time apple could have saved if they hadn't done the exact same mistake their rivals did 5 years ago
ChiperSoft 19th October 2007, 00:45 Quote
There's an easy way to make sure that viruses don't load onto the iPhone... Just dont let it execute any downloaded code. As long as the only applications that can be installed are installed by the user in itunes, there should be no problems.
./^\.Ace./^\. 19th October 2007, 01:43 Quote
The iPod touch was suppose to be open to the developers but Apple locked it when they locked the iPhone, hackers have unlocked both and added apps already much to Apple's disapontment. So what Apple is really doing is giving in to the vary hight demand for 3rd party apps. Apple wants to make sure that you can't mess around with there softwear so you have to have your app aproved by them first then it will be able to go on the iPhone or the iPod touch...
All in all this should have been done from day one and people shoudn't have to wait untill February for an app that will not kill your worenty...
I will be happy when I can add cool new apps to my 8GB iPod touch, like games and other fun things...
Firehed 19th October 2007, 01:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChiperSoft
There's an easy way to make sure that viruses don't load onto the iPhone... Just dont let it execute any downloaded code. As long as the only applications that can be installed are installed by the user in itunes, there should be no problems.
That won't stop someone from tucking a virus into an app that appears legitimate.

And it's a very serious concern too, considering that (as of now), all of the iPhones out there have the same root//dottie credentials.

Anyways, I KNEW this would happen in time, and had been saying it from day one. You don't spend half your keynote talking about how your new product is running a real, proper desktop-class operating system and then not let anybody use it. I just wish they'd said something earlier. But I'll be sticking with my AppTapp'd iPhone until that time comes, and probably for some time after until I know that the new, official system works properly and has some stuff worth getting.
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