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Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) will allow third-party apps on the iPhone, the company officially announced today, after rumors and hopes to this effect for a while. Of course, this is a turnaround from Jobs and Apple on their desire to control the environment, but with rampant hacking of the phone since it launched, this was the only logical way to go. Also, anecdotally, the iPhone sales may need to be kickstarted after the initial buzz, so this might have helped changed the company’s mind as well.
Jobs said in a letter that the company intends to release a software development kit in Feb that will let people outside the company to create iPhone and iPod touch apps…on why it will take so long: “It will take until February to release an SDK because we