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Third Party Applications on the iPhone

I just read that Apple today expanded iTunes Plus to more than two million tracks while at the same time lowering the price of those tracks to just 99 cents. Good news — I know someone who will click on the “Buy Now” button even happier in the future.

Then I saw another headline, just right above the statement about iTunes plus. It said “Third Party Applications on the iPhone”. What?!?

Let me quote Steve Jobs’ message:

Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users.

In about three weeks the iPhone is coming to Germany and I’ll go and get one on the first day. I already thought about a whole lot of stuff I’d like to implement in a Ruby on Rails webapp I’d like to run on my server to access files, manage blogs, servers and so on… But with today’s announcement Steve just pushed this on to a whole new level.

I’m already looking forward to a nice iPhone version of iGTD, Adium for IM and maybe we’ll get a Skype client as well — even if it may not do VoIP, since the service providers probably do not like that… ;-)

Steve goes on explaining why it takes until February to develop the SDK — Apple wants to make sure they can give developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s software platform while keeping the users safe from malicious software.

And there’s something else:

P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch.

Great news!


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    I’m still not sure, if I should buy an iphone. I really want to have one, but the monthly fees …

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    In my case the monthly fees will amortize partially with “business use”. If there’s some minor problem with a server I can use the iPhone instead of searching for WiFi with the MacBook Pro (for example when a Ruby on Rails app hangs due to too less RAM, I just log in via SSH and restart it).

    I’m excited about all the possibilities a proper mobile internet connection provides and how an iPhone minimizes the number of gadgets I have to carry around every day (iPod, phone and low-quality camera are included, MacBook Pro for internet & email access at school isn’t needed anymore)

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    I’m a huge fan of the iPhone, the monthly fees are very expensive, but for this great tool I would do anything :-)

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