Apple exec: we’ll neither forbid nor support native code on OS X-based iPhone, iPod touch

“A couple of PC Magazine folks met with Apple marketing honcho Greg Joswiak yesterday to talk about the new iPods,” Sascha Segan reports for Gearlog. “First of all, the iPod touch and iPhone use the same software platform – they’re both running OS X on basically the same hardware, Joswiak said.”

“The iPod touch does not have Bluetooth. Any images on the Internet that may have implied that it did were errors, Joswiak said. Also, there are no games coming for the iPod Touch right now,” Segan reports

“Apple will neither forbid nor support native code on the iPhone/Touch,” Segan reports. “They will not design software updates specifically to break native apps, but if the updates happen to break native apps or your native apps turn your iPhone into a rutabaga, don’t go crying to Apple, ’cause it ain’t their problem. Capiche?”

More in the full article here.


  1. To say “let’s call it the Mac Micro” or “it’s the next handheld PC platform and by this time next year we’ll be able to use it like one.”

    Someone, call the marketing police!!!

    1. Throwing out a new phrase “Mac Micro!!!” Ahhh!!! Please don’t let that start to stick!
    2. By this time next year!? Why don’t you just tell people to wait 12 months to buy an iPod touch or iPhone!? And then when that one starts shipping tell people to wait again and buy the newer one coming out in another year becuase it’ll be so much better!

    Man, he was out of control, and will get scolded accordingly I am sure.

  2. The iPhone and now Touch could be so much more useful if Apple would open it up to native third party applications. Too much control is going to hurt them. I know they say it is for security, but when they are charging for “certified” ringtones it makes me wonder. The truth is they are holding back the effecttiveness of the iPhone for financial reasons. I understand a business needs to make profit, but when it is at the expense of the product or satisfied customers (ATT.. what a joke) there will begin to be problems.

  3. I get why people want 3P apps on their iPhone/iPod. But when installed, if it messes with the user experience, people will relate that directly back to Apple. Apple is trying to ensure that Apps meet its’ solid approval before allowing that to happen.

    My big beef is not allowing iPhone apps like Mail onto the Touch.

  4. Fine, but what would really be nice is some kind of supported viewer for books and reference material.

    I know you can email yourself a PDF, or browse to some of that stuff on the web, but it would be nice have a richer application for storing, searching and reading it locally, without needing to push it all through a WiFi or EDGE connection. I’m thinking of things like reference manuals, lookup tables, religious texts, short stories and novels (including stuff from Gutenberg project) and so on.

    Apple could make a way to package this stuff up in the right format on the computer (which would also take care of indexing it) and then the reader on the device could be safari-based, but with a local search and other features geared toward reference-type access (think HelpViewer)

    For that matter, it would be nice to have even the functionality of the classic iPod notes (which can be hyperlinked together and so on) on iPhone and iPod touch.

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