In Reversal, Apple To Allow Third-Party Apps on iPhone
After months of resistance, Apple has agreed to allow third-party applications on the iPhone, the company announced in a letter from CEO Steve Jobs that was published on its Web site.
The “opening” of the phone will entail the release of a software development kit (SDK), which will be presented to developers upon its release 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,” Jobs wrote in the letter. “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.”