Tuesday, January 9, 2007

iPhone Platform


The only two iPhones at the show were under glass, and Apple representatives said it is a “closed platform,” refusing even to identify the specific processor it uses, and there’s apparently no developer kit for it, though “developers who want to do applications [for the iPhone] are welcome to contact Apple developer relations.”

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Jesper responds to Job's phony explanation.

Via David Pogue:

Markoff: “What about all those plugins that live within Safari now, like Flash or like Java or like JavaScript?”

Jobs: “Well, JavaScript’s built into the Phone. Sure.”

Markoff: “And what are you thinking about Flash and Java?”

Jobs: “Java’s not worth building in. Nobody uses Java anymore. It’s this big heavyweight ball and chain.”

Markoff: “Flash?”

Jobs: “Well, you might see that.”

Markoff: “What about YouTube–”

Jobs: “Yeah, YouTube—of course. But you don’t need to have Flash for YouTube.”

Peter Hosey:

The iPhone is closed because if it wasn't, you'd be able to use the iPhone without continually paying for Cingular phone calls or SMS (by using Skype and $IM_SERVICE instead).

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