iPhone users have patiently been waiting for the SDK announcement this month, which is when Steve Jobs said it would be coming back in October. It turns out that things have been a bit delayed (does anyone deliver on time anymore?), but one week from now iPhone users will likely be flying high as they find out just what the SDK will be capable of accomplishing.
News of this came from an email invitation that Apple sent out to some of the major publishers (Engadget, Gizmodo, etc…) whom you would expect to be at the event. On March 6th Apple is going to outline the “iPhone Software Roadmap” and talk about some “exciting new enterprise features.” Just about everyone is assuming that the enterprise features implies that full Exchange support is coming to the iPhone.
One thing I can’t wait to find out next Thursday is how Apple plans to deal with the virus and malware problem, which Jobs said is the reason it was going to take so long to get the SDK out:
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.
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.
Oh, and there’s no word whether the upgrade will be available for iPod Touch users, but I would assume that it will be. iPod users probably just have to be prepared to shell out some more money if they want to get a piece of the SDK goodness.
Thanks for the tip arjay!