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Jobs speaks on closed iPhone platform

updated 04:30 pm EST, Fri January 12, 2007

Jobs on iPhone platform

Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently spoke with Newsweek about the company's new iPhone, revealing that the software on the device is purposely closed to prevent potential issues from cropping up on Cingular's network. "You don't want your phone to be an open platform," said Jobs, referring to the concept of any phone owner writing applications for it. "You need it to work when you need it to work. Cingular doesn't want to see their West Coast network go down because some application messed up." Despite the closed platform, however, the iPhone still runs some form of Mac OS X that can functionally support numerous applications not currently present on the prototype phone displayed by Apple's chief during his keynote at Macworld. "There's no reason we couldn't have iChat on here," Jobs said when prompted to speak on the topic. When presented with the concept of allowing iPhone owners to take a song from their iTunes music library and turn it into a ring tone, however, Jobs said it could be done but implied through a simple hand gesture that the move would cost Apple a fairly large sum of money.




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  1. ballzdeep

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ringtones = huge ripoff

    only a fool would pay $3 for a ringtone

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    lame

    How can it be that I can load my Symbian OS phone with all sorts of "open" sw and it hasn't effected my call quality?

  1. QualleyIV

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: lame

    That may be the case for your Symbian phone. I wouldn't know because I don't own one, but I can say for sure that Jobs is right on the mark if you're a Treo user. On my 650, I've seen many apps that can s**** with proper operation of the phone including crashes and hangs. Maybe you've just been lucky with your phone because anytime you've got an underlying OS, there's a good chance that someone can write an app to make it hang or crash.

  1. AllenHuffman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Maybe not so lame...

    My Palm phones start out reliable, and get more and more crash prone when I have apps installed. One chat app, which I completely loved, eventually munged things up enough the phone had to be reset just to make a net connection work.

    Maybe the iPhone's OS would be more robust, like your Symbian may be, or maybe you've just had luck with properly written apps (unlike so many flaky ones on PalmOS).

    Either way, if I had to choose between "a handful of blessed apps that work" and "tons of apps but an instable phone," I'd go for stable. I've had to give up many of the apps that I really want to use on my Treo because, ultimately, the phone is useless when it locks up and I can't use it as a phone.

    Of course, this is Apple we're talking about. Their v1.0 would probably be far better than Palm's V5.

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The faint wiff

    I'm sorry, but the reason being offered for closing development of the iPhone have the faint wiff of horse manure. Laptops have had direct wireless access to cellular networks for years now; and many of those actually run Windows.

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: faint wiff

    Exactly my thoughts - wow, if we really want a stable MacOS X isn't Jobs suggesting that we run no apps other than Apple's?

    As to the stability of Treos - its all about choice isn't it? You can take the choice to minimise what you're running, or you can take the choice to run a richer environment with a little risk. FWIW I've got a Treo 600, with a few third party apps - the only time I've had it lock up, or need a reset is when trying to use the phone for internet browsing/mail via the phone network, and that definitely has nothing to do with any third party apps.

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    At the very least, let the damn phone run standard Dashboard widgets...

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