iPhone security breach

Haha… So basically, Apple bent over to Cingular to not include support for native apps because –as it’s well known– carriers are afraid of native app stability but mostly security problems, and now they get their full blown security hole from the browser. I can only suggest two things to ATT for that (expected) overreaction over native apps: either remove the browser from the iPhone (*tsk*), or free the damn SDK and let users have native apps instead of useless web “apps”.

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JC wrote on July 23rd, 2007 at 6:58 AM PST:

There are plenty of AT&T/Cingular phones which allow you to install native apps.

The blame here probably is more with Apple than with anyone.


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Eugenia wrote on July 23rd, 2007 at 7:08 AM PST:

The problem is Cingular, and carriers in general. I am in that business you know. As for the other native app enabled phones, if Cingular could do without them, they would.


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Eugenia wrote on July 23rd, 2007 at 10:26 AM PST:

What Jobs said a few months ago wasn’t like that. Apple had to play ball with Cingular as much as Cingular had to do so with Apple. It wasn’t a one man show during negotiations.


JC wrote on July 23rd, 2007 at 7:28 AM PST:

I have some experience in that business as well…

And if Cingular would do without them, they would, true. But they can’t, and they don’t. Given that Apple has apparently demanded (and received) the world from Cingular, if Apple wanted native apps, Apple would have gotten them.


JC wrote on July 24th, 2007 at 12:08 PM PST:

I still maintain that since other phones can run 3rd party apps, there’s no reason Apple couldn’t push for that as well.

To me, this is Apple not wanting to give up control over the platform. For precedent, look at the iPod. It’s certainly capable of running third party applications (and they now sell them via iTunes), but Apple wanted to keep the platform locked and under their control, as well as guarantee a cash flow for themselves. I predict that within a few years we’ll see the same thing happen with the iPhone, which is, 3rd party apps appearing on iTunes.


memson wrote on July 26th, 2007 at 7:43 AM PST:

Lets see what happens with the UK launch. Orange lock their phones down – even so much as changing the certificates on Windows Mobile phones to restrict third party apps from running. O2 and Vodaphone don’t. AFAIK T-Mobile don’t.

Rumour is that it’ll be O2 carrying it at the moment.

Locking in to a provider was a big mistake. They did it because they wanted to use the European GSM standard I guess (as then the phone will be sellable in a much larger and more dynamic market.) But… well…. it’s been a bit of a mixed bag, hasn’t it?


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