“Today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unlocked the iPhone’s true capabilities. Apple put out a beta version of an iPhone SDK, or software development kit, which allows third-party programmers to create applications for the iPhone,” Salon reports. “The program will go live for the public in June, when Apple releases version 2.0 of the iPhone’s system software. The new capabilities will go out to all iPhones for free.”
Salon reports, “That is, in a few months’ time, everyone’s iPhone will be able to run programs made by a software developers across the world, not just those in Cupertino. Firefox for the iPhone — not to mention Quicken for the iPhone, 3-D games for iPhone, maybe even Skype for the iPhone — is no longer a dream. It’s a reality.”
“Today’s announcement goes far in cementing the iPhone as the leading mobile platform — Apple’s SDK looks so powerful, and its licensing terms are so reasonable, that mobile developers would be crazy not to adopt the iPhone as their main focus,” Salon reports.
“You can expect many big software companies to get into the iPhone applications business. At the presentation today, EA Games, Sega, Salesforce.com, AOL, and others showed off some great iPhone sample programs they’d created in just a few weeks’ time,” Salon reports. “But not only big companies will make iPhone programs. Today Kleiner Perkins, the huge Silicon Valley venture capital firm, announced a $100-million fund to invest in new companies looking to create programs for the iPhone.”
“At the Apple event, Kleiner partner John Doerr hailed Steve Jobs as the ‘world’s greatest entrepreneur,'” Salon reports. “In making the iPhone accessible to other entrepreneurs — software developers everywhere with with bright, useful ideas — Jobs may have proven Doerr right. The iPhone, now that it’s open, could really be huge.”
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