WWDC ’07: Third Party Apps Hit iPhone

But perhaps not in the way you'd think...

During all the tittle tattle one of the most frequently discussed aspects of the impending iPhone was whether it might support third party applications. Well, wonder no longer!

Big WWDC day one keynote point two is that the iPhone will indeed support third party applications. “How?” I hear you all cry as if your very lives depended on such passionate intonation… not in the way you’d think.

Dubbed a “sweet solution” by Steve Jobs himself, what Apple has come up with is rather ingenious yet ultimately frustrating. It plans to use the fully functional Safari web browser on the iPhone to deliver standard Web 2.0 + AJAX coded apps. The positive sides to this are no Software Developers’ Kit is required for programming while all apps are accessed via the developers’ own servers meaning the locked and secure nature of the iPhone isn’t compromised.

Less cute and cuddly however is that this approach will place a much greater emphasis on iPhone users purchasing data heavy network tariffs just so they can use their favourite third party apps. Furthermore, all this web based access focuses even more attention on Apple’s stupefying decision to omit 3G connectivity from the device.

Still, anyone picking up yet why Apple is so keen to get everyone familiar with Safari…?

In related news, Jobs also confirmed that 6pm will be the iPhone’s exact shipping time for US customers on 29 June. For we Europeans that means little, but since he didn’t confirm the time zone we can find some solace from our jealousy by thinking about the confusion this is currently causing Yankie Apple fanboys… 😉


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