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Old Feb 27th, 2008, 11:11 PM   #1
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Apple on iPhone apps, unlocking & March 6th

(quoted extensively from, an article about VP Tim Cook)

Saying that the iPhone is “a platform not a product,” Cook said that he thinks the SDK will “broaden the platform more, to the point where the only limit will be people’s imagination.”

He also said:

“We started by getting developers to focus on Web 2.0 apps. There’s over a thousand of these today. But people also want to do more than that. As we got into the phone more and more, it became clear that we should release and SDK. This will make the product even more compelling. We’re super excited […]

The Goldman Sachs moderator asked “Any idea when we’ll see the first iPhone third-party apps?” to which Cook responded:

“We’re going to go into some more details at the event next week. I don’t want to take away the element of surprise.”
I take this to mean that there will be some new "official" iPhone apps available THAT DAY, probably for a modest fee. Several of them are likely to be the same as the "unofficial" ones making the rounds currently.

Cook also made some interesting comments about jailbreaking and unlocking

“There will always be some level of hacking. There will always be a case where someone wants to run on a carrier. There are very few people who have unlocked the iPhone for use on a carrier other than AT&T in the US. […] I look at this ‘problem’ with a little bit of a smile. Having people stepping over each other for the phone isn’t a bad thing.”

Finally, Cook said that the best thing the company can do to thwart unlockers is offer the iPhone in more countries.

“We’re going to (fight back) with software and some other ways, but offering the iPhone in more (geographical areas) is our best bet.”
AMEN to that last part!!!
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Old Feb 28th, 2008, 09:19 AM   #2
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I take it that many of us here "might" (especially if you've had freezes/crashes etc like I have) think about buying apps that would run on the latest version - but I'd still like to keep some of the apps I have. If that might be possible,then I'd go for it...

I'll wait tho to see what happens...

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Old Feb 28th, 2008, 03:40 PM   #3
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I'm curious then. I have a jailbroken 1.1.2 OTB iPhone working with a TurboSIM card. I have resisted updating to 1.1.3 (through Installer or otherwise) for fear of losing the applications I have on the phone. Will I lose those applications (games, etc.) for sure if I update?
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Old Feb 28th, 2008, 10:18 PM   #4
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My understanding is that you lose your "unofficial" apps every time you update, but surely it's fairly trivial to reinstall once the iPhone has been re-jailbroken?

At this point, my advice would be to wait till March 6th before making any changes to anything. We should have a good idea what direction Apple will be going in, the iPhoneDevTeam and others of that ilk will have more time to access what the will and will not be able to do regarding keeping iPhones unlocked against more current updates like 1.1.3 and 1.1.4, and of course we may even FINALLY find out if the iPhone is coming to Canada soon (I'm hoping they will at least nail it down to "this year").
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