OPEN THE FLOODGATES!
It’s finally official:
APPLE IS OPENING THE IPHONE TO 3RD-PARTY APPS!
The SDK will be released in February 2008 (probably demoed at Macworld in January).
This was the ONE thing left really for the iPhone to go head-to-head with the big boys in the smartphone arena (here’s looking at you Symbian!). Expect a tidalwave of applications next year…imagine:
Social networking clients= CHECK.
Video Applications= CHECK.
Exchange support/client= CHECK.
Basically, expect EVERYTHING that is wanted or available for Symbian or WinMob to come to the iPhone. And the list will go on….
The thing is, there is a large body of developers already for other smartphone platforms. But the entry point is harsh. I mean, I have myself talked to cross-platform Devs in the past about coding for Symbian, but learning the ‘Symbian’ C++, and using Carbide as the dev environment just made them lose interest. Now, you have a wonderful Dev environment (XCode 3) on the Mac, and with a simple cross-compile you can potentially move your desktop Mac app to the iPhone (or iPod Touch). I expect nearly EVERY current Mac developer will jump on this, and many, many new people that were not interested before in building smartphone apps will jump in as well.
I am seriously giddy with the potential. I will stop now.
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