Apple iPhone – Third Party Apps In February 2008

Steve Jobs posted a memo on his web site this morning indicating that 3rd party applications are in the works and will be coming in February of 2008. What was most interesting is his take on cell phone viruses:

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. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones—this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than “totally open,” we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

It does make one wonder if it is hackers that create the bugs or the viruses companies themselves that create them. What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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[tags]apple, iphone, applications, february 2008, steve jobs, [/tags]