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iPhone May Allow 3rd Party Applications?

Another comment by Apple's CEO Steve Jobs today indicated that Apple is still putting serious thought into allowing 3rd party application development for the Apple iPhone. His statement today reinforced previous hints that they were still reconsidering their decision to limit software development for the iPhone.

Is the iPhones platform closed? And if it is, will it be open to developers in the future? Jobs says its a security issue, but Apple is working to find a way to allow developers to build applications for it. Jobs says he doesnt want the iPhone to be one of those phones that crashes a few times a day. He adds: We would like to solve this problem and if you could just be a little more patient with us, well do it.

Jobs hints that there is a solution in the works to allow 3rd party application development for the iPhone. Apple's position on this has been a point of criticism.