Originally Posted by Ireland
I heard it's coming February. No word on the rearranging. Then again no word on anything from Apple, but a real SDK of some kind is pretty much guaranteed in 2008. I think it'll be announced an Macworld myself, but I'd say Apple will control distribution of the third party apps. It will either be done through iTunes or through a separate icon on the home-screen. Of course all these are merely educated guesses, so we'll see what happens.
I thought This web 2.0 on Safari stuff
was more where they are going? why announce a "development kit" at a Mac (consumer) event? doesn't make sense.
Sadly I think everyone thought that at the very least Apple would sell iPhone Apps through iTMS, and because of that assumption most people looking for added functionality in the iPhone are disappointed. Apples deafening silence is a pain, but really no more than usual IMO.
If the iPhone development held back Leopard (yes I'm starting to get excited about Leopard again!) then its only reasonable to assume that with all hands to the Leopard pump for release at the end of the month the iPhone development has slowed down. Mac world should be interesting, but IMO expect a "consumer" announcment of a sevice AVALIBLE that day in relation to the iPhone if anything at all (barring the usual "sales figures are good" , or indeed "AMAZING-BOOM!" etc.)
Macworld is or should be IMO, about what "YOU" can buy today, it would clutter the Stevenote too much to explain, "we have the iPhone out and we are going to release an SDK so that means in x months time we might have some 3rd party apps that you might/should be able to download" the Steve version of that, that I hear is "We've been working on some iPhone Apps with (insert 3rd party) you can buy them today from iTMS, heres a really cool one, let me show you a demo" etc. (optional "DOLLAR NINTY NINE"
But what to add? anything useful to a "business" user should almost be expected, so should come as a free firmware update.
I could almost see M$ delivering an "office" style package for it with Mail Document editing and syncing, except that Apple have this fairly well covered. mm.. Perhaps That is Part of the reason for Apple not offering an SDK they don't want M$ getting their paws on it
So its down to games being offered through iTMS, I can see that, theres money to be made, where as through a web browser its a given that games are free.
It's very hard to see Apple reasons just now, unless they really are in persuit of a more open and standardized web.