Information Wants To Get Out There

17 10 2007

iPhone image from YahooWell, now I think about it, that headline may be a little misleading.

But, if you’ve read my last post, you may see that I spouted off for a while on how Apple locking down the iPhone to third party developers was one of the things that had me convinced NOT to buy one. Now, comes word that Steve Jobs has declared an SDK (Software Development Kit) will be available to third party developers by February.

“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,” Jobs said on the Web site at He also said: “Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone.”

Good for him.

The reality is that, in the game of cat and mouse that Apple was playing with these developers, it was often hard to tell who was the cat and who was the hunted. According to the Reuters article linked to above, there are presently 200 applications created for the iPhone. Without any Apple support whatsoever. In fact, with their active obstacle creation. So it was rather unlikely that they were going to stop anytime soon. And, when you think about it, that makes sense because the consumers wanted those apps. Ultimately, all of the business reasons for not providing the capability to write apps for the iPhone (mostly for the business deals made between Apple and its partners like AT&T) fell under the weight of the business reason for providing that capability — from the consumers. So long as we’re going to live in a capitalistic society, one with a vague resemblance to a free market, if consumers really want the ability to play games on their iPhones, they are going to get that ability. As Alex Lindsay said on last week’s MacBreak Weekly, what he really wants is a program that will help him to log timecodes in the field. My guess is that a program like that already exists for the Treo. The fact that it couldn’t be written for the iPhone was incredibly stupid.

(Well, he didn’t put it that way, but you get the idea)

At least I don’t feel that Jobs’ position goes against his anti-DRM stance anymore.

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