Steve Jobs has just announced that Apple will be opening up the iPhone to third party applications through a software development kit (SDK) that will be available in February. This is big news considering the backlash that resulted when the recent iPhone update (1.1.1) broke the hacks for third party applications.
Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developersâ€™ 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. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.
Here’s Apple’s list of existing iPhone applications. It will be interesting to see what this list looks like early next year once the SDK is available.