The Apple non-smartphone

According to this and this, the Apple iPhone can not run third party applications. Even if eventually Apple introduces a Javascript Widget programme, this is not enough in my opinion. Without a native SDK, this thing is simply a high-end feature phone, as I wrote in my analysis today. Other things are missing too from the device (ok, it’s a v1.0 release still), but the no-SDK business is a big deal. Without it, the iPhone can not be called a “smartphone”.

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Eugenia wrote on January 10th, 2007 at 7:08 AM PST:

I don’t disagree that a lot can change. But not mentioning, not even a peep, that an SDK will be eventually get released, it’s a major oversight. I think that the decision if an SDK will be released or not has already been taken. We are just not sure what the decision is.


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Eugenia wrote on January 10th, 2007 at 7:49 AM PST:

More info here:

“The OS: It isn’t OS X proper, as you’d expect. And like an iPod, it won’t be an open system that people can develop for. Remember, this is both an iPod and a Phone.”

Sorry, but this just ain’t a smartphone. It’s a glorified high-end feature phone and nothing more. I am extremely disappointed with this.


memson wrote on January 10th, 2007 at 10:48 AM PST:

Eugenia, it’s not released till June. It’s not even finished! David Pogue reviewed it online, sorry the address is not to hand – but I got the link from Digg. He actually sat down with Steve Jobs and some other guy from Apple and played with it for an hour or so. Steve even pointed out parts of the UI that were still just mock-ups. FFS, how is that a “v1.0″ product?

Wait till it’s released before you wite it off please!!! A lot may change between now and June.


Moulinneuf wrote on January 10th, 2007 at 12:50 PM PST:

David Pogue Article

Davig Pogue “probably never article September 27, 2006, 9:47 am

In my opinion the biggest story is the angle of the patent Apple got , they just patented what was already out there in other phones and declared it there propriety.

trolltech greenphone

BenQ Black Box concept phone has no buttons

LG KE850 a Slim Touch Screen Phone

Also one concept they haven’t thought of is making the phone dock inside a panel on the new leopard Laptop like windows slideshow.


FDG wrote on January 11th, 2007 at 4:43 AM PST:

I read that someone from Apple stated something different: developers that wants to write applications has to contact Apple directly. Applications will be distributed by Apple using an iTunes like store. In this sense the iPhone platform is closed and not available to develop by everyone.

Sources? macintouch.com and macitynet.it


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