iPhone Developer Kit

January 10, 2007

Hey Apple … where are the goodies for the developers?

A new phone-internet-music device has to be more than a shiny sealed box to spark a revolution — it has to be an a platform where independent developers have the ability to create the next generation of portable, network enabled applications. But, searching for “iphone” on the Apple Developer site reveals nothing, and Google doesn’t shed any light on the matter either.

My inner developer is worried.

But I have hope: Apple has a healthy tendency to provide development tools and information well before their corresponding products are released, so with an expected shelf date in June, my fingers are crossed for a developer-friendly announcement in the near future. Plus, the web site and His Steveness advertise “powered by OS X,” and all the great frameworks that come with it — if it’s a closed platform, why tell us about Core Animation and Sync Services?

What kind of apps would you like to see on an iPhone … and what kinds of developer goodies lurk within?

Update: Gizmodo interviews some VPs at Apple, and reports that it is a closed system.   Ray links to a nifty sixfoot6 list of things we want the iPhone to do …

4 Responses to “iPhone Developer Kit”


  1. Dude,

    widgets.

    I know, they are nothing compared to CoverFlow, but there’s your web-app on the iPhone, and you don’t even need a SDK.

    Well, I’m pumped about writing a Grabb.it widget, but I can see why it would be nice to like, release a SecondLife iPhone client or something. Or Asterix🙂

    Chris

  2. Peat Says:

    Widgets are pretty sweet for little things .. but the goodies are when you can tap into the hardware: A Flickr app that can capture and upload photos, or a Skype client that automatically checks voicemail and what-not when you’re connected to the ‘net.

    Woo!

  3. Ray Says:

    My fingers are crossed, though I have no intention of developing for it in any way. It would just be good for consumers. I think that if Apple were to enable development for it, it would be wrapped into the next Xcode with Leopard. I mean, it is running Leopard, right???

  4. Ray Says:

    Actually, I thought this was a nice list that answers your question…

    http://www.sixfoot6.com/archives/2007/01/30_things_that_iphone.html


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