Originally Posted by MacGregor
I think there was real debate within Apple as to when the iPhone would be openned up. I think there still is, but when the tech seemed to have an obvious target date, then Apple could announce. I bet this is just happening a year earlier than Jobs originally planned and I bet the new touch screen phones are starting to drive the marketing aspect of it.
I don't think so.
This is too complex a project, and too complex a product, for that to be true.
I think Apple intended all along to open this up. Slowly at first, then more, then perhaps the floodgates.
They are very aware that putting 700 MB of OS X in a phone, and now an iPod, would be vast overkill for the apps they put on there, even if they intended to add more.
The other phone OS's have proven to handle dozens of apps with ease, showing the OS X as a delivery vehicle isn't required.
Even Safari could have been written to work without the full OS.
So, Apple could have used a really stripped down version that occupied much less space, but chose not to.
The reason for that, I believe, is that Apple is attacking, not only the smartphone industry, not just the mobile OS's, but Windows itself!
Look at the not quite successful UMPC businesses. So far, a failure, as has been the tablet businesses. I'm calling them businesses to separate them out from the more conventional machines.
Apple is out UMPCing the UMPC's, and out tableting the tablets.
Unlike what one poster here thinks, Apple is now going to get a rush of developers invading Apple's new UMTAB® space.
Every developer now writing programs for Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian, and Blackberry, will turn and port, and write new software for the iPhone. If the SDK is out on time (Feb. 29, of course), we might see 100, 200, or more, apps during the ADC next year.
I'm willing to bet we'll see some simple versions of desktop apps as well.
I'm also willing to bet that at some point, as some analysts have said, that Apple will deliver a somewhat larger version, with a higher screen rez, a faster processor than the 600+ MHz version now, more memory, etc. And it will have more battery life than the typical 2.5 hours the UMPC's are getting now. And it will be under the $1,000 that the more expensive UMPC's cost, maybe around $599 to $699. It will serve as a mini tablet, perhaps the only real practical way of delivering one.
This is a new computing platform for Apple, and if they do it right, might even count in marketshare numbers for computers. At least, it will count for web browser count numbers.
We may be reading, after a few years, that Apple has sold 40 million OS X devices that year.
So no, I don't think there was any dispute. I think that was the entire idea.