Steve Jobs has announced the imminent release of Apple's official SDK for the iPhone. Third-party applications are welcomed for the iPhone after all.
If you recall, I wrote in June about the truth about the iPhone's lack of SDK. I speculated that it had more to do with complexity than the lack of desire that resulted in the iPhone not having an SDK. In fact, I wrote, "there might just be a slim chance that an SDK could be released towards the end of the year."
Well, it looks like the official iPhone SDK will be out in February 2008.
(Steve Jobs) 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.
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.