Software Writers Love iPhone; So Do Hackers

Posted by Ben Worthen

Steve Jobsís iPhone is looking more and more like the business tool of tomorrow. The latest sign: More than 100,000 software developers have downloaded tools that will let them write programs for the iPhone, Apple said today. The company released the tools, known as the software-development kit or SDK, last week.

Apple is counting on independent programmers to create software for the iPhone that will make it an even more compelling device for consumer and businessperson alike. Some skeptics wondered whether programmers would download the SDK en masse because software written for the iPhone wonít run on other devices. But the initial response makes those concerns look unfounded.

The software that these developers write for the iPhone is supposed to be sold through Appleís new App Store. Officially, thatís still the case. But word today is that hackers have already modified the SDK so that people can install whatever software they want directly on the iPhone without going through Apple first.

Some information-technology pros weíve spoken with have objected to sharing with Apple the software they develop specifically for their employees. (Apple says that they will let businesses distribute this software through a private part of the App Store.) Somehow, we donít think this hacked version of the iPhone software is the solution IT departments are looking for.

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