For those of us that have been wondering when we might start seeing 3rd party applications (not hacks) available for our spiffy new iPhones, the answer is likely to be sometime next year at the very earliest.
The delay is initially due to Apple taking a stance against allowing any modification of the iPhone, including non-Apple software. Apple has quietly dropped that position, one announced by Steve Jobs at the iPhone's unveiling, and now Mr. Jobs is even going on to say that the an iPhone SDK is due in February:
“It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once—provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones—this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.”
We're hoping that this won't turn out to be another 3.0 GHz G5 promise.