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Quite sometime back Tarun Telang’s Blog : Widgets for SAP Applications on Mobile created quite a stir in the community.   The main course of the discussion was whether it would be really possible to see a “third party application/widget” on the iPhone in the near future… or at all…   Though it might be stale news to majority of you, who have been following the iPhone hype, Apple, it seems, had decided not to allow or closely control 3rd Party apps on the iPhone.   In an interview with the New York Times sometimes in January, 2007, Steve Jobs was quoted as saying : “These are devices that need to work, and you can’t do that if you load any software on them,” he said. “That doesn’t mean there’s not going to be software to buy that you can load on them coming from us. It doesn’t mean we have to write it all, but it means it has to be more of a controlled environment.” This news, followed by a couple of others let to lot of despair in the developer community with some actually calling for filing of Bug Reports against Apple to let them open up the iPhone for independent development. Others, who were still not convinced, continued to theorize on why could Apple be doing so ?

These are just, but a couple of them.  But things seem to be looking up recently with Apple seemingly “mulling” over the decision of opening up the iPhone to independent developers…

So whether we’ll see the SAP Enterprise Widget Foundation on the iPhone in the near future is still very much open to speculations… 

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  1. Oliver Kohl
    Hi Abesh,

    I followed the topic a little and as you said it seems they haven’t decided yet if and how it will be possible to get third party apps on the iPhone. I hope they get it right because for a lot of people this may be a show stopper. Without 3rd party apps this isn’t a smart phone for me and at least for the moment even widgets only wouldn’t be enough for me.

    Thanks for the insight.


    1. Abesh Bhattacharjee Post author
      You are right Oliver. I guess the pressure of opinions from the developer community is what is making them reconsider their decision as I pointed out in the later part of the blog… I’m keeping my fingers crossed…

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