Apple announces iPhone open source

Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, says the company plans to release a software kit that allows developers to make applications for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The latest move shows that Apple is lifting restrictions on the iPhone after facing public scrutiny when hackers unlocked their iPhones to work on other cell carriers. In addition, Apple locked out 3rd party application use.

Jobs said that unlocking the iPhone for 3rd party development use may give users access to hundreds of new applications which are not currently available for the mobile gadget.

Apple’s decision to open up the iPhone and touch to outside developers is a step many users and industry watchers have been hoping for and demanding since the device’s release. So great was the desire for third-party applications that many iPhone users and more recently iPod touch users have taken it upon themselves to crack the gadgets and install everything from banking programs to games. iPhone games could be the next hot item, as music is hot for the iPod.

Apple introduced the iPhone June 29 in the U.S. and will sell the device in Britain, Germany and France starting next month. The company has sold more than one million of the phones and expect sales to climb towards 10 million units in 2008.