Report: Official Apple iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) coming within 90 days

“Sources familiar with the company’s plans tell that Apple will release a software-development kit for the iPhone in early 2008, enabling programmers to create games, business-productivity tools, and countless other applications for the device. Few details are known, but sources say an announcement will come in January, which suggests it may be slated for Jan. 15, when Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs takes the stage at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco,” Arik Hesseldahl and Olga Kharif report for BusinessWeek.

“Why the wait? Some analysts suggest the delay has little to do with frustrating developers or Apple’s official position about bugs from third-party software posing a threat to cellular networks. Instead, the timing may have more to do with Apple wanting to wait at least until the launch of the new operating system for its Macintosh computers. Known by the code name Leopard, it was originally planned for June, 2007, but is now expected at the end of October. Since the iPhone was built with the current Mac OS, the thinking is that Leopard’s new capabilities will enable more robust features on the iPhone as well,” Hesseldahl and Kharif report.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “RadDoc” for the heads up.]


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  2. You might want to get a quick tune-up there on your sarcasm detector, r2. it sounds like it’s not quite working right. hmmm

    I was beginning to wonder if anyone else even noticed that… lotsa surface readers here, apparently…

  3. No longer rumor…

    “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.


    P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch.”

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