Developer: iPhone SDK Is 'Crippled' - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Infrastructure // PC & Servers
Commentary
3/10/2008
08:21 PM
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
Commentary
50%
50%

Developer: iPhone SDK Is 'Crippled'

One of the underground developers working on hacking iPhones says that the Apple SDK is "crippled," and predicted that the thriving market in jailbroken applications will continue.

One of the underground developers working on hacking iPhones says that the Apple SDK is "crippled," and predicted that the thriving market in jailbroken applications will continue.The iPhone Atlas quotes Jonathan "NerveGas" Zdziarski, who recently released the book "iPhone Open Application Development" through O'Reilly Publishing:

"The Apple SDK, as many have come to find, has arguably crippled much of the functionality that set the iPhone apart when first released. Even simple features like the ability to run a program in the background have been crippled in the Apple SDK."

Signed applications that run under Apple's scheme lack the ability to run in the background, as many of Apple's own applications -- including the Mail program and Clock -- do. Unofficial applications created under the jailbreak umbrella carry no such restrictions. Apple's motives for limiting this functionality aren't clear, but some have cited stability concerns.

He predicted Apple will sign sweetheart deals with software vendors to go beyond the limitations of the SDK.

Previously on InformationWeek.com

Will The SDK Be The iPhone's Achilles' Heel?

iPhone SDK Developers Angry At Apple's Tight Control

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
What Digital Transformation Is (And Isn't)
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/4/2019
Commentary
Watch Out for New Barriers to Faster Software Development
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  12/3/2019
Commentary
If DevOps Is So Awesome, Why Is Your Initiative Failing?
Guest Commentary, Guest Commentary,  12/2/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Getting Started With Emerging Technologies
Looking to help your enterprise IT team ease the stress of putting new/emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and IoT to work for their organizations? There are a few ways to get off on the right foot. In this report we share some expert advice on how to approach some of these seemingly daunting tech challenges.
Slideshows
Flash Poll