iPhone to eventually allow third party apps

Our Company / May 30, 2007 / Alykhan Jetha

Today at the All Things Digital conference. Someone asked the following question to Steve Jobs:
All indications appear that the iPhone is closed, we’d love to develop apps…
Steve Jobs answered:
This is an important tradeoff between security and openness. We want both. We’re working through a way… we’ll find a way to let 3rd parties write apps and still preserve security on the iPhone. But until we find that way we can’t compromise the security of the phone.
I’ve used 3rd party apps… the more you add, the more your phone crashes. No one’s perfect, and we’d sure like our phone not to crash once a day. If you can just be a little more patient with us I think everyone can get what they want.

There was also another interesting question by Walt Mossberg:
But the iPhone doesn’t REALLY have the whole OS X operating system on there…
Steve answered:
The answer is: yes it does! The entire Mac OS is gigs, a lot is data. Take out the data — every desktop pattern, sound sample — if you look at Safari it’s not that big. It’s REAL Safari, REAL OS X. We put a different user interface on it to work with a multi-touch screen… it’s an amazing amount of software.

So you don’t have to take it from me. You’ve now heard it from the horse’s mouth.

Engadget has a transcript here.

Until next time…

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