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MacChat: iPhone touches off war with BlackBerry

John O'Brien

Monday, March 10, 2008 at 12:00am
 

Look out BlackBerry - there can be only one fruit to rule them all.

Apple last week released a software development kit (SDK) for its hit iPhone that will enable third-party developers to create built-in applications for the handset. Until now, that’s been the exclusive province of Apple.

The move is a shot across the bow for BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, as it makes the iPhone much more viable for corporate use.

The iPhone is already the second most popular smartphone after the BlackBerry, despite having been out less than a year. But it has been considered unsuitable for corporate use due to its incompatibility with Microsoft’s Exchange email server software and an inability for system administrators to remotely control a fleet of iPhones.

The SDK addresses both these points, while giving businesses the power to create their own programs for the iPhone.

Launcing the SDK at a special media event last week, Apple execs showcased applications including a tool for salespeople in the field and a drug reference application for doctors.

But consumers will benefit as well. Other examples shown included AOL Instant Messenger and games by EA and Sega, including one that used the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer to control gameplay.

Importantly, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the company would allow VOIP (voice-over-IP) applications via wi-fi, so users could make low-cost calls over the internet.

The iPhone SDK is a free beta download that will run on any Mac with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), and will simulate the iPhone operating environment. It can be downloaded at Apple’s website.

The final version of the SDK will accompany the iPhone 2.0 software update in June that will enable the iPhone and iPod touch to run third-party apps. iPod touch users will have to pay a nominal fee for the update, due to the way Apple classifies its iPod touch sales.

iPhone software boss Scott Forstall revealed that the iPhone 2.0 update would bring parental controls that allowed the disabling of the Safari web browser and other applications considered unsuitable for young users.

The release of the SDK is a major concession on the part of Apple, which originally insisted on web-based applications for the iPhone. The company feared that allowing access to the iPhone’s operating system itself would risk introducing malware, which could not only disable individual handsets but potentially spread across entire mobile networks.

But while now allowing built-in third-party applications, Apple is still taking security precautions: applications can only be sold via Apple’s “App Store”, and must carry a digital signature so any malicious applications can be traced back to their source.

There already are a host of web applications available for the iPhone and iPod touch, accessible via Apple’s website.

The iPhone is expected to be released in Australia this year.

 

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I like the store idea. As a developer it actually works out cheaper for me than selling stuff through Handango (apple charges 30% for commercial apps, whil Handango charges a minimum of 40%. The Apple store will be a lot more visible too.)

All I really want now is for Apple to release a 3G version over here. I *must* get rid of this appalling crash-happy HTC Ttyn II

elbisivni of Brisbane (Reply)
Tue 11 Mar 08 (11:24am)

Hm, let me see if I’ve got this right, Apple wants the iPhone to be No1 & beat Blackberry/WM6 devices yet it doesn’t want to roll up its sleeves & do the background hard work necessary to get it & wants developers & 3rd party companies to do the work for them so they can get the credit in the end. Will we have to switch to their “preferred” phone provider also?.
Lets see, a dev would have to buy an Apple Mac with OSX (realistically $2500+), download/install & integrate the dev kit into existing Wintel/Linux environments (more $$), cash to get up to speed with the SDK (more $$$) & actual dev time (more $$$$) detracting from other dev projects.
Considering that interest rates are rising & credit levels are being crunched, isn’t it more cost effective to go with a device like BB/WM6 where it works right now with little effort/investment, has a keypad (as backup to T/screen) & is a proven tech. Apple, you really want to be No1?, stop being lazy & start doing the hard yards

Johnno Rocket of Melbourne VIC (Reply)
Wed 12 Mar 08 (03:03pm)

Blackberry is a very nice phone. I am a thousand kilometres from my office and home at the moment, and easily able to check emails and surf the web.
The iphone sounds like a confusing muck-around to get this and applications up and running.
And the sat-nav touch screen pisses me off, I can only imagine how annoying trying to use a smart mobile with a touch screen would be.

benny (Reply)
Wed 12 Mar 08 (11:11pm)

As per usual sideline commentary from people who don’t even own the device.  I own two iphones, one I have had for 6 months.  Plenty of my colleagues have much more “advanced” HTC’s Nokia’s and Palm’s yet I am the one who surfs the net, looks up maps, plays music and videos on my phone while the others use theirs as, well a phone.  The iPhone is pleasant to use and does at the moment the right amount of “stuff” for a non power user.  This SKD can only take things to a whole other level, this phone knows where it is, where it is pointing, who owns it and is connected to the web.  I as a developer already have about 100 ideas for great little apps.

Alan (Reply)
Fri 14 Mar 08 (12:10pm)

Can we just have phones that ring again?

I’ve had an O2 Atom Exec (which cost about $1100 12 months ago) and i quite literaly threw it out the car’s window.

The stupid thing could send me email alerts at 2 in the morning and yet it could not simply ring when clients were trying to get in touch to finalise deals.

My blackberry currently sits at home in box and i use a simple Nokia that rings all the time - AND IT HAS AN ALARM THAT I CAN ACTUALLY HEAR

Never, ever, ever giving another $1 to O2 again - R&D your products properly before you market them as god’s gift to earth.

asdas (Reply)
Fri 14 Mar 08 (12:22pm)

Well done to Apple for releasing the SDK.  Not so well done to Apple for limiting the ability to run
1. Other browsers
2. Other VMs - eg: Java

When the SDK was released Sun announced plans to port Java to the iPhone, then they read the fine print and have backed away.  Also, the Firefox devs had plans to port that to the iPhone, again the fine print makes it verboten, so there goes Flash in your browser on the iPhone.

Plenty of my colleagues have much more “advanced” HTC’s Nokia’s and Palm’s yet I am the one who surfs the net, looks up maps, plays music and videos on my phone while the others use theirs as, well a phone.

Well Alan, on my Nokia N95 I can do all that, and it will even tell me exactly where I am in the world to within about 10m, plus I can use the phone as a high speed modem with my laptop (HSDPA on 3G), both things an iPhone can’t do.  As well as take pictures/video and send them as a multi-media message or email to friends (the iPhone will only email still pictures).

I’d suggest that your friends either don’t need that functionality, or need to learn how to use their phone. grin

The Apple argument on battery life is that 3G chipsets draw more power, however I regularly get at least 3 days out of my N95, and I’m a heavy user of all it’s features.

Maybe when the iPhone feature set catches up to the N95 I’ll think about getting one.  I’m guessing Nokia will release a phone with a multi-touch screen before that though cheese

TD of Sydney (Reply)
Fri 14 Mar 08 (03:12pm)

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