Earlier this week Apple CEO Steve Jobs addressed one of the biggest questions surrounding the forthcoming iPhone handset: Will it support third-party applications? The answer is Yes, sort of, which is better than a No, not as good as a full-on Yes, and quite interesting in its own right.
Then again, this is a solution that allows Apple to encourage third-party iPhone development without worrying too much about software that could somehow compromise the handset during install & running. Additionally, we could see some interesting new software that merges the worlds of desktop and mobile phone browsing. At the least, this adds more buzz to the June 29th iPhone launch.
From Apple's own press release:
"Developers can create Web 2.0 applications which look and behave just like the applications built into iPhone, and which can seamlessly access iPhone's services, including making a phone call, sending an email and displaying a location in Google Maps. Third-party applications created using Web 2.0 standards can extend iPhone's capabilities without compromising its reliability or security."