There’s been a rumor flying around that Apple will NOT be allowing 3rd party applications to be installed on the new iPhone. After a conversation with Apple’s VP of Applications, Eddie Cue, and Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, the guys over at Gizmado have apparently confirmed this. Apple will NOT be allowing 3rd party developers to make software for the iPhone.
This is a HUGE disappointment for me. Some of the best software available is made by independent developers. Why would you do this, Apple?
Unfortunately, the same article goes on to say that Apple has no plans to provide direct iTunes store access from the iPhone. You still need to go through iTunes on your computer.
It’s also looking like you won’t be able to sync your iPhone with your computer wirelessly, you’ll have to use a doc (like the iPod). But, this hasn’t been totally confirmed yet.
Of course, all this being said… I’ll probably still buy one.
found via TUAW
Update (1.12.07): TUAW has a followup that has some quotes from Steve Jobs confirming the iPhone will be a closed platform. Interestingly, Jobs’ also implies that we’ll be seeing additional software from Apple, and others, available for purchase.