The soap opera continues between the community of developers, who have long requested an official SDK for iPhone, and Apple, which until now has not wanted to know.Business Week rumors that, given some information received, Apple would plan to distribute the much expected software development kit at the next MacWorld 2008. News that would confirm some previous rumors that in recent times have shaken the community of Apple fans.
So why wait so long? Was it the efforts of the hackers and the users' requests that made Stve Jobs change his mind? Business Week's opinion that the main reason for this iPhone 'closure' is not in the much-invoked system security, but in the exit of Leopard. It is a widespread idea that with the release of Leopard the mobile phone will have more functions, not available with Tiger.
Given that the new Mac 10.5 had accumulated delay precisely because of the launch of the mobile phone, it was logical to armor iPhone at least until the arrival of the long-awaited operating system. Therefore optimists argue that after October 26, a new era could begin, which will see its climax early next year, when an official SDK could be distributed to those eager for programming.
The additional programs and applications developed could then be distributed through the usual iTunes Store, a strategy that would allow you to capitalize on the efforts of the developers, but also to give a certain boost to Apple's revenues. An open system is fine but, of course, (almost ) no manufacturer would dream of distributing a 100% open device, mostly for economic reasons. A certain percentage of control desired by all.
For these reasons, the third parties appointed to develop on the iPhone may not be all of them, but only some capable and trusted companies, capable of not damaging the device or, more importantly, of maintaining the level of security that would be so high to Steve Jobs's heart.
Others, even more optimistic, also claim that some developers such as EA or Google have already received the infamous SDK. As proof of this there would be the Gogle Maps and YouTube applications, already present on the iPhone. EA, however, did not comment on the rumor.
To the side of everything there would be AT&T, which apparently limits itself to being a spectator, not taking a position on the issue. 'It is up to Apple to decide whether to authorize the development of third-party applications on the iPhone' declares AT&T spokesman Michael Coe; "We have already accepted this choice already on other devices". Phrase that does not hide a certain approval of a choice of this type.