“Steve Jobs has a message for techies, one they’ve been waiting for since June. Apple wants to let developers design software for the iPhone and iPhone Touch [sic: means “iPod touch”], and it’ll offer a platform for doing just that in February,” Rachel Rosmarin and Andy Greenberg report for Forbes.
“In February, Apple will give developers the potential to make software that consumers have been clamoring for. Apple will also give the device utility that could help it compete effectively with devices from Research in Motion, Palm and Motorola,” Rosmarin and Greenberg report.
“For instance, depending on the openness of Apple’s ‘software development kit,’ programmers could find a way to make the iPhone send and receive e-mail using Microsoft’s Outlook and Exchange server. This type of fast ‘push’ e-mail has limited the iPhone’s foray into corporate buying lists,” Rosmarin and Greenberg report.
“What other applications do would-be iPhone owners want? Many want more games, but most want more communications software, including chat applications like AOL’s AIM. Others would like to run a version of eBay’s Skype so they can place voice calls using the iPhone’s wi-fi without using up minutes belonging to cellular plans with AT&T, the exclusive iPhone carrier,” Rosmarin and Greenberg report.
“It is possible that Apple will insist on approving all software, and limiting sanctioned distribution to an Apple-owned Web site, much like the company already does for software for Macintosh computers and operating system widgets,” Rosmarin and Greenberg report.
MacDailyNews Take: Actually that concept would be much like how Apple currently handles iPod games via iTunes Store; Mac software and Dashboard Widgets can be created and distributed by anybody.
Rosmarin and Greenberg continue, “The company is bound to place limits on the freedom it eventually gives developers, but to hear directly from Jobs that he’s excited to place independent creations on his beloved gadget has delighted Apple enthusiasts.”
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