iPhone hacking Re: [FoRK] Thinking of taking an iPhone on an international trip?

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar <drernie at radicalcentrism.org> on Thu Sep 13 15:52:21 PDT 2007

On Sep 13, 2007, at 2:13 PM, rst at ai.mit.edu wrote:
> Apple is not completely hostile to open source *on Macs*.  For the
> iPhone, however, their announced policy (last I checked) is that they
> don't want *any* third-party code *at all* running on the phone
> itself; the official policy is that third-party developers should
> restrict themselves to webapps that display in Safari, and be happy
> about it.
> See, e.g., http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2007/06/11iphone.html

I would describe Joz as "neutral" rather than "hostile."

> So to summarize: Apple will neither forbidnor support native code on  
> the iPhone/Touch. They will not design software updates specifically  
> to break native apps, but if the updates happen to break native apps  
> or your native apps turn your iPhone into a rutabaga, don't go  
> crying to Apple, 'cause it ain't their problem. Capiche?

-- Dr. E

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