Is iPhone Opening its Doors to Third-Party Applications?

Apple will invite third-party developers next February to build actual iPhone applications aside from the limiting web-based ones that are currently supported.

Apple has jumped back and forth from its position on third-party apps since May, when it said it was “wrestling with the idea” of allowing them. In June, the company teased developers by authorizing only web-based applications, which meant any software not made by Apple had to run on the Safari browser, instead of on the iPhone platform itself.

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