February already seems like a long month – with 101 flavors of 1.1.3 iPhone jailbreaks to sort through, and waiting on the iPhone SDK release towards the end of the month. And now there are rumors that the SDK may be delayed – possibly by as much as 4 months, until Apple’s WWDC event in […]
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Say It Ain’t So – Rumors of iPhone SDK Delay

February already seems like a long month – with 101 flavors of 1.1.3 iPhone jailbreaks to sort through, and waiting on the iPhone SDK release homescreen3towards the end of the month.

And now there are rumors that the SDK may be delayed – possibly by as much as 4 months, until Apple’s WWDC event in June!  Erica Sadun has done a post at TUAW citing rumors of a possible delay, with the most likely reason being …

Something that may slow down the release–if these rumors are credible–is Apple’s desire to exercise the greatest amount of security-based control over exactly what the developers will and will not be able to do with that SDK.

The TUAW post also suggests that Apple may offer a simulator for developers to work with later this month, while delaying the real start date for when apps can be approved and delivered via iTunes, or whatever other system Apple decides upon.

I really, really hope this is one rumor that does not prove true.  I hope so partly because I am very, very (very) keen to see some Apple-approved 3rd party apps – but also because if there is a delay I think it will be just flat-out embarassing for Apple.

It’s a little late now to start saying ‘Oh, but it’s quite difficult to have security but allow 3rd party apps to run‘ or anything along those lines.  That’s a given.  Fact is, no system is foolproof when it comes to security – there are always a series of trade-offs – between ease of use and strength of security, between ‘open-ness’ of a platform and security, and so on.  None of that is new, and none of the 3rd party iPhone hacking and jailbreaking stuff should be any sort of surprise to Apple – so, if any of these rumors are true, these sort of excuses would be way beyond lame.

And the idea that throwing developers a bone with a simulator sounds very lame as well.  Emulators are not some sort of big bonus with an SDK, they are expected to be part of it.  Hell, Google has had one out for the upcoming Android platform for months already, and there platform is not even live yet!

February was always bound to be a month chock full of SDK-related rumors.  Here’s hoping the delay rumors are just that, and do not prove true …

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