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Marc LaFountain

Hey, Joseph. Thanks for the TrackBack and for your thoughtful post. I think the iPhone should be opened up to third-party developers at some point. But, with Apple trying to make iPhone, Apple TV, OS X 10.5, iLife 07, iWork 07, and who knows what else all happen in the next 6-12 months, I can understand if they lack the bandwidth to document and publish iPhone APIs, work with external developers, etc. I can see them wanting to get to that a little further down the road.

While people complain about the iPod to-date being a closed enviroment, when is the last time your iPod crashed on you (or even did anything unexpected)? If it did, a reboot likely fixed the problem in no time. And, when is the last time that the UI in one area of the iPod was inconsistent with another area? The closed nature of the iPod has created statibility and consistency that is pretty impressive. Apple has started to work with select game developers and perhaps over time will open the environment more. I can understand and appreciate their being cautious. The iPod (soon iPhone) represented the crown jewels of the company.

All of that said, I agree that third-party products will make the iPhone a much more interesting and comprehensive platform. And, I look forward to the day when we get there.

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