At the May 30 D: All Things Digital conference near San Diego, Steve Jobs took the stage and informed attendees that Apple (AAPL) was in the process of making the Apple iPhone open to outside developers, according to MacWorld. The announcment cleared the air after months of speculation surrounding reports that the iPhone would be a completely closed platform.
In fact, the announcement is a complete reversal from Jobs' initial comments on the matter which indicated Apple would fully control development on the iPhone in order to provide a more stable operating environment for users. Though Apple has now decided to open the doors to outsiders, it remains clear that Apple intends to control third party involvement in order to not degrade the reliability of the iPhone. Details are still forthcoming.
The announcement is a welcome one to developers, prospective iPhone owners, and investors. An open iPhone platform means increased revenue for outside developers and Apple, and increased software options for owners.For more details on the announcement, read the MacWorld article here.