Apple has made iPhone and iPod Touch users extremely happy today by announcing the forthcoming Software Development Kit (SDK). In February developers will be able to get their hands on the SDK which will let them create true third-party applications without needing any hacks!
That’s right, you’ll be able to get a real instant messenger on there, and I’m sure Web 2.0 sites like Zoho will also work on iPhone apps that provide full functionality. This could end up being the nail in the coffin for devices like the Blackberry, because now business-related apps can be created.
What about viruses? Apple recognizes that is a big hurdle since their device is so powerful, and this is what they had to say about it:
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.
It will be interesting to see exactly how Apple plans to conquer the problem of viruses and malware, but it’s obvious that they are working hard to ensure that they’re criticized to the extent that Windows currently is.
I can’t wait to see what programs make their way onto the device. Will we see Firefox, Skype, VLC, and more ported over?