Breaking: Apple Announces iPhone SDK, Opens Platform for Software Developers! *faints*

Charge the defibrillators, my heart just stopped. None other than Steve Jobs himself has officially announced that Apple will indeed open iPhone to native software development, and provide an SDK next February. Apparently plans were in the works to open the platform to developers all along (told you so) but Apple still hasn't figured a non-invasive procedure for allowing applications to run in OSX.

So, the good news is there is a God. The bad news is it's Steve Jobs.

Read his excellency's blessed scrawl after the break. Or go here to see the official announcement on Apple.com

Third Party Applications on the iPhone

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. 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.

Steve

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what will this mean? does this mean that someone would design a new program, submit it to apple, they accept it, throw it up on itunes and then we buy it from there? does anyone know the process or is that still being discussed?

does this mean.. We can have ( FLASH ) installed in our phones along with winamp for Internet radio?
?

For Carlos. Yes, something like this. And also REAL GPS solutions, Full and REAL Games, Office suites, and a miriad of usefull OFFLINE applications. Well, after reading this, Im considering to buy an iPhone, after the SDK will be released. And no offense to Safary, but I want OPERA into iPhone (Hard Opera user here).

I'll lay odds of 10-1 that "jailbreaks" will be blocked and that all 3rd-party apps will be required to be distributed via the iTunes Store *for a fee*.
Apple is concerned about iPhine malware/viruses - and justifiably so. Maybe they will offer a scanner *for a fee*.
This device is a real cash cow for Apple, no?

I'll lay odds of 10-1 that "jailbreaks" will be blocked and that all 3rd-party apps will be required to be distributed via the iTunes Store *for a fee*.
Apple is concerned about iPhone malware/viruses - and justifiably so. Maybe they will offer a scanner *for a fee*.
This device is a real cash cow for Apple, no?