Sources familiar with the company’s plans tell BusinessWeek.com that Apple will release a software-development kit for the iPhone in early 2008, enabling programmers to create games, business-productivity tools, and countless other applications for the device. Few details are known, but sources say an announcement will come in January, which suggests it may be slated for Jan. 15, when Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs takes the stage at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
It really does seem inevitable that Apple will release a SDK. The novelty of the iPhone is wearing off fast, and customers are getting loud about the fact that they want more than first-party applications. The iPhone as a gimmick isn’t going to sell units much longer. However, building a strong and robust platform for third-party development will. Just look at the PalmOS’s dominance of the PDA market a few years ago.