updated 10:30 am EDT, Thu October 4, 2007
No native iPhone app plans
A source within Apple claims that the company is currently operating without plans to produce a native software development kit (SDK) for the iPhone. Despite suggestions to the contrary, and a number of unofficial applications built prior to the v1.1.1 firmware update, the source says that Apple is still insisting on a web-based approach, but with several possible concessions. Foremost is offline storage for Safari akin to Google Gears, allowing greater flexibility while still restricting developers to HTML, CSS and AJAX.
Apple recently published its Human Interface Guidelines, a design specification meant to aid iPhone developers in keeping interfaces consistent with Apple's own. Language in the document suggested that Apple might one day open the iPhone to native applications, even though the company has so far been resistant.