iPhone as a platform

I like the idea of the iPhone, but when I heard that t was to be closed off to developers I have to admit that I was disappointed. However, this from iLounge, is a slightly different story.

If Apple are going to control what’s on the iPhone, then maybe we will see some more interesting applications emerging. Maybe a sort of iLife for iPhone? Maybe something for making ringtones or remixing or something like that?

Anyway, no matter what I think that it is a fair point that you don’t want a corrupted platform, and stuff like Palm does suff from that kind of problem. So perhaps it is for the best?

Here’s the news from iLounge:

Apple CEO Steve Jobs says Apple fans can expect more mobile applications for the iPhone by the time the device ships in June (Q4 2007 for Europe). Jobs told Newsweek, however, that Apple will control what applications make it onto the iPhone, much like it has done with every iPod. “You don’t want your phone to be an open platform,” says Jobs. “You need it to work when you need it to work. Cingular doesn’t want to see their West Coast network go down because some application messed up.” During the unveiling of the iPhone, which runs a scaled down version of Mac OS X, Jobs showed off applications for email, web browsing, photos, SMS text messaging, and Google Maps, as well as widgets for weather and stocks. Other icons on the iPhone prototype include Calendar, Camera, Calculator, Notes, Clock, and Settings.

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