3rd party applications and the iPhone

In my opinion a major mistake Apple is doing regarding the iPhone is not allowing 3rd parties to install their software on the iPhone.

Jobs had interviewed for the New York Times and said:

“We define everything that is on the phone…You don’t want your phone to be like a PC. The last thing you want is to have loaded three apps on your phone and then you go to make a call and it doesn’t work anymore. These are more like iPods than they are like computers.”

“These are devices that need to work, and you can’t do that if you load any software on them…That doesn’t mean there’s not going to be software to buy that you can load on them coming from us. It doesn’t mean we have to write it all, but it means it has to be more of a controlled environment.”

It seems Apple would try to either certify applications, or try to go their own way regarding applications on the iPhone.

In my opinion it will be a mistake. I understand their motives trying to make sure everything works as advertised, but, doesn’t this the job of the underlying operating system and the mechanisms they introduce with the phone? I believe it should be that way, rather then restricting their buyers.

Only days would tell, but it seems Apple made a cool phone, but nothing more then a cool phone.



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