Apple (AAPL) Opens Up iPhone Architecture

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In a radical change of heart, Apple (AAPL) is opening up the software of its iPhone so that third-party developers can make applications for the handset using a software development kit supplied by Apple.

Steve Jobs said at the Appel website: "We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users."

Will it help keep people from doing outside hacks to the phone? Probably, at least ones that do not conform to the basic operating system that runs the phone.

Apple’s shares were fairly flat on the news.

Douglas A. McIntyre