Apple To Open Applications On iPhone

Wednesday, October 17th 2007, 9:19 pm
By: News On 6

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple appears to be giving in on an issue that has infuriated some iPhone users.

In a posting on its Web site, Apple says it will allow third-party applications to work directly on the iPhone.

Before Wednesday, the company had tried to control which applications consumers could use on their iPhones. And, a software update issued a few weeks ago disabled unofficial programs, drawing criticism from software developers and users.

Apple now says it will release a software development kit in February that will let coders create applications not only for the iPhone but also the iPod Touch. The Touch is the new iPod portableplayer that resembles the iPhone.

Many unofficial programs for the iPhone have been available on the Internet, but users run the risk that installing them could damage the iPhone. That damage would not be covered by Apple's warranty.