Breaking News: Steve Jobs Announces iPhone To Get Third-Party Apps

Oct 17th, 2007 | By | Category: iPhone, iPods & Portable Media Players

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today announced that native third-party apps will soon be coming to the iPhone and the iPod touch.

Here’s the text of his announcement:

“Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers‚Äô 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. 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.

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.


This is a smart move by Apple – it shows that the company is listening to users and developers. It also is a win-win-win; if the Apple develops the iPhone/iPod touch into a platform, users will get more value for their investment, developers will get a new audience, and Apple will benefit from third-parties developing for Apple’s devices.

It’s turning out to be an interesting day of announcements from Apple. Earlier, they officially dropped the premium for purchasing DRM-free tracks at iTunes.

More discussion at Engadget, TUAW.

No Responses to “Breaking News: Steve Jobs Announces iPhone To Get Third-Party Apps”

  1. info says:

    Looks like Apple decided it couldn’t beat the hackers. I’m looking forward to what apps we’ll see in February!

  2. aquila says:

    This is very cool. They must have figured out that fighting this was a losing battle.

    Do you think they’ll rethink crippling the iPod touch?

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