Reports are pouring in saying that the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch's software developer kit (SDK) is nearing completion. The SDK will allow third-parties to develop and sell games, mobile utilities, and services for both the iPhone and iPod Touch through the Apple's iTunes Store.
I'm happy to hear things are apparently ahead of schedule for the SDK. Steve Jobs' initial deadline for release of the SDK is 10 days away.
User forums are pointing that the long-awaited software developer kit for the iPhone is ready to hit the street. In Apple CEO Steve Jobs' MacWorld address, he specifically said it would be ready at the "end of February." That's still 10 days away. More reports say that Apple is reaching out to iPhone hackers to help with the SDK release and 1.1.4 update.
After all the blustering Apple did back in the fall about not supporting hacked iPhones, it seems an odd notion that Apple would use the iPhone hacking community for help. But that appears to be exactly what it is doing.
An online poll of 355 computer users by security firm Sophos shows that 93% believe Mac is set to become a big target for hackers and malware writers, sending shivers up the spine of any Mac user that still believes they’re invulnerable to the security threats that plague Windows PCs.
The discovery of the first ‘financially motivated’ malware for Mac OS X has encouraged Sophos to conduct an online poll between the 29th January and the 7th of February 2008, with the unsurprising result that most think 2008 will be open malware season for the venerable Mac platform.
Apple have been very proactive with their iPhone and iPod Touch updates, regularly delivering new updates and fixes, while also foiling the iPhone hacks that allow anyone to use their iPhone with any GSM telco. Now an online ‘hint’ has appeared suggesting 1.1.4 firmware may well be arriving soon, perhaps alongside the soon to be unveiled iPhone SDK.
Mac news website ‘Macenstein’ has uncovered evidence of an iPhone software developer specifically mentioning the as yet unavailable 1.1.4 firmware for the first time.
According to market research firm In-Stat, over 400,000 of Apple's iPhone product are being used with the China Mobile provider despite the lack of availability of iPhone in China and breakdown of talks between the two companies. The company sold 3.7 million iPhones in 2007, and there was a noticeable gap between the number of units sold and those that were activated by providers in the U.S. and Europe that Apple holds exclusive deals with.