For quite a while now, ever since the announcement that Apple is going to bring out a Software Development Kit (SDK) next February and allow 3rd party applications on the iPhone, the news on this subject has not seemed too good.  Or at least not too good if you’re a big fan of 3rd party […]
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A Very Good Omen on Apple’s Attitude Towards 3rd Party Apps

For quite a while now, ever since the announcement that Apple is going to bring out a Software Development Kit (SDK) next February anlightsoff1d allow 3rd party applications on the iPhone, the news on this subject has not seemed too good.  Or at least not too good if you’re a big fan of 3rd party apps for the iPhone, and in particular of the many skillful developers who have already produced some great apps.

I say this because we keep seeing strong rumors that Apple has been ‘seeding’ the SDK out in advance to some mainstream giants (Google, Adobe, Yahoo etc.). That just sounds ominous to me.  What I’d like to be hearing is that Apple is working to find ways to embrace some of the developers who are already out there making useful apps, and making sure they are able to work within whatever the new system for apps distribution  will be.

But today there’s finally a good omen in this area.  A very good omen in fact.  Apple has hired Lucas Newman, who is the developer of the first ever game for the iPhone, Lights Off, and also the author of the ‘Unofficial iPhone SDK‘ a couple months back.  In other words, definitely one off those folks who has been passionately and very effectively involved in iPhone application development from Day 1.

He’s apparently been hired as an iPhone Engineer.  Given that we’re now getting pretty close to the time when the SDK will be launched and ‘official’ 3rd party apps will start to get released, it seems very promising that Newman has joined Apple, and hopefully in a position where he can have some positive impact on how the whole 3rd party apps eco system gets developed.

Here’s wishing the best of luck to Lucas Newman in his new endeavours, and hoping that he’ll get a chance to help Apple work with talented existing apps developers …

Via: iPhone Atlas

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