“Apple’s iPhone SDK offers far more than many developers expected, according to developers that InfoWorld spoke with after the long-awaited SDK unveiled today,” Ephraim Schwartz reports for InfoWorld. “‘It looks like this is what everybody wanted,’ said Tony Meadow, principal at Bear River Associates, a mobile application development vendor. ‘Apple is doing it the right way.’”
Schwartz reports, “Forrester Research analyst Simon Yates, concurred, saying that the Apple SDK should please three core constituencies: Developers, enterprise IT and consumers. ‘This is direct competition for RIM BlackBerry, and it gives Apple access to millions of Exchange and Outlook users,’ said Yates.”
“What pleased Meadow and other developers was a set of functionality that will let them write native iPhone applications through access to the iPhone APIs,” Schwartz reports. “In addition, Meadow thought Apple hit the right note by offering SQL Lite as the built-in database layer. SQL Lite, an open-source database, is widely used by the mobile developer community and runs well on small devices.”
“As welcome as the SDK and enhanced business-oriented features are, people still have more they want Apple to offer,” Schwartz reports. “A common request is availability from more than one carrier. Currently, the iPhone only works on the AT&T network. ‘Companies don’t want a single carrier for voice and data,’ said Forrester’s Yates.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Ken L." for the heads up.]