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Hey, Apple, y'know that iPhone thingy?

...it's only interesting if you allow third-party apps.

Just so's you know.


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Jan. 11th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
That's true, but...
did you have any reason to think they wouldn't. All the hype I've seen so far has gone on about how it's a full desktop environment powered by something as close to OS X as possible. That really speaks third party Apps to me.
Jan. 11th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
Re: That's true, but...
There's buzz along those lines... Most of it linked to from the blog at 43folders.com, I think, in these entries:

Let OS X developers at the iPhone. Please.
and Snell & Gruber on iPhone applications
Jan. 11th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
There are rumors floating around that you can't install 3rd-party apps, but noone seems to have a credable source for them, and given the tone of the keynote I don't expect it to be the case.

However, I will say that I don't expect existing apps to work without at least a recompile. It hasn't been stated what processor is in the phone, although the smart money is on some sort of ARM processor.
Jan. 11th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
As far as I can tell, someone seems to have asked one of the doobies guarding the prototype. It's not clear that they're actually that "in the know" though.

I have also seen conflicting claims about it being available to current Cingular customers.
Jan. 12th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
Huh, guess I was wrong....
Jan. 12th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Hmm.. Widgets?
The thing supports Widgets, and DashCode was just recently released to developers...

Remembering the early days of the palm-phones, I can't say that I'm entirely surprised that they're keeping it at least mostly closed. Publicly, I'm sure that they want to `preserve the experience' or whatnot. Privately, I will be flabbergasted if the Cingular-Apple deal allowed for such an easy road to VOIP-over-wifi (just lke with almost every other cell+wifi phone out there).

Also, you mentioned Calendaring... it looks to me like that's built-in. I see no obvious sign on IM, though, which is pretty glaring.
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