Apple 2.0 – unlocked iPhone and iPod Touch

17 10 2007

In an apparent about-face, Apple Inc. will allow third-party applications to work directly on the iPhone, Chief Executive Steve Jobs said in a posting on the company’s Web site Wednesday.

A software development kit will let coders create applications to work directly on the iPhone.

Apple infuriated developers and some iPhone users when it issued a software update September 27 that disabled unofficial programs installed on the handsets.

Until Wednesday, Apple had tried to control which applications consumers had on their iPhones.

Now, Jobs said the company intends to release a software development kit in February that will let coders create applications to work directly on the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The Touch is the new iPod portable player that resembles the iPhone but lacks the function of a cell phone.

“We are excited about creating a vibrant third-party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users,” Jobs said in the posting.

Finally the right choice. Well done, Steve.





iPhone 2.0

2 07 2007

iPhone is finally released (500000 sold over the weekend). Web apps seems to be one of the main scope of the ipone a a lot of companies are hurring to develop a mobile version of their web (2.0?) application.

Interesting is Clippz.com, a service that lets you download “optimized video clips” from the Internet to a mobile device (a process it calls ‘sideloading’). Clippz has announced it is offering more than 500 MySpace, Metacafe and YouTube collections encoded in Apple iPhone’s H.264 file format.

Check out last100 for more on that interview, plus some early examples of iPhone apps.

WebOS vendor Morfik has created a platform for developers to build applications for Apple’s iPhone, which is being released Friday night. Morfik claims this is the first development tool for the iPhone.

Up till this point, no one had announced a development tool for the iPhone – although there have been suggestions by bloggers that Adobe AIR and Google GWT might become iPhone development platforms. However, it seems Morfik is the first to do it.

My personal opinion is that mobile 2.0 is more than using web application while moving. The major advantage should be interact with the place you actually are. But for this the iPhone is missing some more hardware like hi-speed connection and gps at least. Isn’t it?