Apple finally coughs up:

Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

I fully expected something like this to come along sooner or later, but I’m a little surprised they announced it so early. My boyfriend pointed out that it may have been due to the article in BusinessWeek. Or perhaps they wanted to quell some of the cries for blood after 1.1.1 reversed much of the hacking that has been going on.

While I’m excited to see what will happen with this — I do want an iPhone someday! — it’s going to be a long wait with all the speculation that tends to accompany any Apple announcement like this.

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