Jobs: iPhone/iPod Touch SDK coming in February
Looks like Apple has heard the (loud) call for action and today, Steve Jobs announced that third party developers will get access to the iPhone and the iPod Touch in February of next year:
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.
He goes on to talk about the safety issues of having a completely open phone and hints at a system where developers will have to add a digital signature to their apps. He also calls for patience:
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.
Makes perfect sense to me that apple finally relents and opens up the phone for developers. Clearly, the iPhone Dev team was quite capable at hacking this thing, no matter what Apple threw at it. With the phone now being open to developers legally, he not only opens up a market for all the free software out there, but Apple also extends the ecosystem for other vendors who might want to sell software for the phone.
Of course, this wouldn’t be Apple if they didn’t retain the final control over what program gets to play on the iPhone, but in the end, who would have expected anything else? Jobs was already paranoid about the security risks in the original iPhone announcement.
Basically, with this announcement, the iPhone has once again become the best pda out there. Maybe I should go ahead and buy one…