What to expect at today’s Apple iPhone software roadmap event

“On Thursday, before an audience of industry analysts, tech reporters and invited guests, Apple (AAPL) will unfold its long-awaited ‘iPhone software roadmap.’ The event starts at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET),” Philip Elmer-DeWitt blogs for Fortune.

Beyond covering what we know from the invitation and recent comments by Apple execs, Elmer-DeWitt summarizes what’s rumored, including:

• The SDK runs only on Macs running OS X Leopard and is facilitated through an enhanced version of XCode made available to members of Apple Developer Connection.
• iPhone applications will be allowed to use both EDGE and WiFi for data.
• That Apple will have the final say on which commercial iPhone applications are sold, will distribute them through iTunes, and will take a small cut of the proceeds.
• That iPhone freeware is unlikely to be subject to much if any scrutiny by Apple.
• That this SDK will not support applications that access peripherals through the iPhone dock connector.
• That the final version will be released at the World Wide Developers Conference in June.
• That there’ll be lots of demonstrations of business applications from the likes of IBM, Salesforce and Microsoft. (We’ve already been contacted for pre-SDK coverage from several firms that make apps for business, including SAP.)

More info and links in the full article here.

26 Comments

  1. take your profits first. share price will dip once it’s confirmed that they will delay it until summer….

    I am just saying’…

    One application that I would love. Something that would track mileage on the iphone since i drive a lot to see clients. It’s hassle adding up all those freakin’ miles, that is if I remember to do it at all!

    http://www.projectdiaspora.org

  2. Zero & Ampar, you are fools.

    If Microsoft has licensed active sync RIM should buy a plot in the nearest grave yard.

    True out of the box exchange integration is the final step into Enterprise space and i hope it happens.

    And I know many other people do to.

  3. I really don’t like this “taking a cut of the cost” issue. I really hope Apple doesn’t do that. They really don’t need to squeeze any more money out of folks with tactics like that – especially developers.

    OK. Start the chorus.

    Developers, developers, developers…….

  4. ‘That Apple will have the final say on which commercial iPhone applications are sold, will distribute them through iTunes, and will take a small cut of the proceeds.’

    Why? They don’t say what is allowed on the Mac or take profits from applications on the Mac.

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