Jobs Announces iPhone to Remain a Closed Platform

As previously noted by Dan, Steve Jobs has indeed confirmed in a discussion with Newsweek that the iPhone will operate as a closed system. He emphasized, “You don’t want your phone to be an open platform….

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.”

Similarly, he expressed to the New York Times, “These are devices that need to work, and you can’t do that if you load any software on them,” adding that while Apple may not develop all software themselves, the environment will remain controlled.

It appears Jobs is subtly pointing fingers at Cingular for these limitations, although his example is quite exaggerated.

This approach does extend the iPod’s philosophy to the iPhone, which likely would have been adopted regardless of Cingular’s stance. Nonetheless, this doesn’t stop us from feeling disappointed.

[Source: iLounge via Digg and a tip from Matt regarding the NYT article]

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