iPhone will be closed to developers

Today, I was thinking about the whole Apple iPhone announcment. They mention OS X and that is all well and good. However, I definitely think the iPhone will be a closed system rather than an open one like the desktop.

Why?

Because it is part iPod… and the iPod is a closed system.

If they open that system up, they essentially open up the iPod to DRM attack.

At some point, they might allow their widgets to run on the device, but imagine the controls on their distribution will be tight.

If we look at the big picture, this is just more growth in the closed platform camp. Developers may whine about this, but I don’t think users will care as much. They will keep buying the devices and enjoying the simplicity that you receive when you buy a completely integrated system.

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