First independent application created for Apple iPhone

“After many, many hours of intense work from ‘Nightwatch,’ the first independent ‘Hello World‘ application has been compiled and launched on the iPhone. This was made possible using the ‘ARM/Mach-O Toolchain,’ Nightwatch’s ‘special project,’ that he has been working on so carefully over the past few weeks. Certain parts of the toolchain (such as the assembler) are being refined and tested and these will be released as soon as possible,” iPhone Dev Wiki reports.

This development could mark a path for third-party developers to create “real” applications for Apple’s iPhone.

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  1. This development could mark a path for third-party developers to create “real” applications for Apple’s iPhone.

    Yeah, until a firmware update disables it. Why are hackers so desperate to make devices do what their creators don’t intend? Don’t they understand you almost never end up with a usuable device that way?

  2. I wonder though, how many legitimate third-party developers are willing to resort to a hack to install apps on an iPhone, especially if and update to the iPhone software could disable the hack? At best, I see it as marginal, and I also wonder if Apple will eventually release “sanctioned” apps through iTMS, as they do now with iPod games (as suggested by others).

  3. Hmm, I wonder what Apple will do with this? Do they have the right to squash independent development like this? I expect they care, but maybe they’ll give nightwatch a bit of leash and see how far he can get. Will be interesting to see the reaction

  4. How long did that “ceack” take? It will take Apple just the amount of time to upload an update to disable it. Otherwise, iPhones will be crashing all over the place as Windows sufferers misuse them in droves.

  5. I agree with Woody when he says  will release sanctioned Applications through iTunes, much like they do now with iPod games.

    Personally, I’m sick of these moaning people who want it all. “It’s my right to have apps on iPhone etc. etc.”

    There’s a reason why  don’t allow anyone to develop apps for iPhone – do people really want it to end up like WinMobile?

  6. I agree, the best way to protect the hardware and integrity of the software is to submit to apple and let them tear it apart and give their seal of approval. You won’t find a better platform or location to sell your wares anyway other than at

    Better for everyone!

  7. Exactly Jim,

    We need more sheep like yourself. Obey everything Apple says. Its not my phone, I’m just leasing it. Because Apple knows whats best for me.

    Would you feel the same if when Leopard comes out, Apple announces that only Apple approved software will be available for it? Or that third part development would be closed entirely because we don’t want to bring the internet down with some rogue software app.

  8. Apple controlling software delivery to the iPhone, just like other media (music, videos) thru iTunes is a great idea. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to reinitialize my old WM5 phone due to some third party app, installed with good intentions, that didn’t do exactly what I wanted and ended up crashing the phone. Especially when you start adding multiple third party apps, many of them not compatible with each other. Apple is all about maintaining control of the entire experience, that is why their solutions remain so elegant and trouble free.

  9. This is exactly what the iPhone needs. Hopefully SJ will see it for what it is worth….3rd party apps=tons more sales. With 3rd party apps a dev kits the iPhone will finally truly be a personal computer.

    Just my $0.02

  10. Comment to Jeff

    Jeff your analogy of the iphone to leapard is false. Apple announced to the world before iphone was released that it would be a closed system. This left potential buyers with 2 choices … 1, Buy it knowing it was a closed system, or, 2. Don’t buy it. I want my iphone to continue to work as specd by Apple without worrying that some ambitious malcontent decides what is best for the rest of us. This does open the door for all types of mal ware to find itself to the iphone.

  11. Freedom is about CHOICE:

    You can choose to use the application as the manufacturer intended to.

    Or you can choose to tweak and hack it any way you want, if you’re willing to lose your warranty.

    It’s just like cars. You can choose to keep it standard, the way it came from the factory (keep it “classic”, if you want.)

    Or you can modify it, put the big rims, alter the engine, gadgets, body, lower it, raise it, you name it.

    In discussions like this, I remember WHY was Apple created, in the first place: To free people from the IBM-related restrictions. The Apple II was a computer designed to CREATE, ADD and REMOVE options at your leisure (I’m the proud owner of an original 1979 Apple II, plus other nice old computers, like a NextStation)

    And, aren’t Macs the computers for creative people? And isn’t programming the top creative activity to do with computers?

    It’s all in choice. If you choose to be just an user and use only what Apple (or whomever dictates), I’m OK with that. It’s safer for sure.

    But that should not be a reason to bash programmers who try new things and push technology to the limits. If you don’t know programming or the spirit of learning more, then your comments about hackers (REAL hackers, not “crackers”) are somehow out of line.

    No offense to anybody.

  12. As a disclaimer:

    Of course, my previous comment does NOT condone programming for the pure sake of destructive activities: Virus, malware, etc.

    Programming (as anything else) is a responsibility. You should be free to practice it, but respect for others in vital for it to flourish.

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