iPhone SDK won't be here in February after all
Luckily you never needed it anyway
The venerable S. Jobs said it would be out in February, having declared it unnecessary - now it seems the Software Developer Kit will be even later to the party. Business Week - who were right about the SDK itself last time - report a delay of another couple of weeks, though rumours suggest an alpha-test version might be launched so that Apple can deny the slippage.
When the iPhone was launched Jobs made great play of the fact that native applications weren't needed - everything could be done within the browser. But users want applications which are integrated with the rest of the phone's functions, and don't need to be downloaded every time the users wants them.
Currently only web-based applications are officially sanctioned on the iPhone and iPod Touch, and while many users have unlocked their devices to run applications developed using an SDK hacked-together by fans, that's not a sustainable model. No one is paying for those applications, which are being developed for fun and to prove it possible.
Various games companies already have access to some form of official SDK, and have been developing titles that are expected to be launched alongside the SDK. Even IBM has been working with Apple, to create a Lotus Notes client for its handset which should also be finished in time for the SDK launch.
It has been suggested that access to the official SDK could be limited to Apple partners, but that would risk alienating the highly-active iPhone developer community which has already sprung up despite the lack of official route to market - a community Apple would prefer to see refocusing their efforts using the official tools. Many companies are developing (and in some cases demonstrating) applications they would like to launch as soon as an official mechanism for doing so exists.
While the security model on the iPhone has been improved with various firmware updates, it seems likely that native applications will have little granulation in their security model - it's set to be an all-or-nothing approach. This gives Apple an excuse for demanding iTunes as the exclusive route to market, with every application signed by them and maintaining their relationship with the customers, while bypassing the network operator yet again. ®
VSS, what? Even most windows users dont even know what that is, but ye all know time machine by now.
Ah look, we all know MS invented the computer and all features that go on it.
Really, they _were_ the first to come up with all the ideas.
somehow though, its not _how_ or _when_ its done, its the interface/implementation that matters to Joe Gobshitte. Funny that too.
anyway, time to go burn the fridge
Rumours about Apple aside, iTunes updated itself yesterday and now I notice on TUAW that there's a new firmware update for iPhone/iPod Touch. Both these updates will be needed to support the SDK..
Apple copied Time Machine from M$ !!!! lol
Nice to see you can see that microsoft had that feature for many years before apple.
VSS and Previous Versions, came out in Windows XP SP1, and Server 2003, so has been in windows for close to 5 years now.