In an interview with the New York Times, Steve Jobs confirms reports that the recently-announced iPhone will not allow third party applications to be installed. According to Jobs, “These are devices that need to work, and you can’t do that if you load any software on them.”
In a similar vein, Jobs said in an MSNBC article that, “Cingular doesn’t want to see their West Coast network go down because some application messed up.”
As someone who’s supported devices on multiple platforms for years always battling often baffling conflicts induced by the interaction of third party apps with otherwise reliable systems, i must say i can see his point, which is why my own, private systems have none of these types of software installed on them.
the question is : will the average bear be detracted by this and thus affect the total number of sales?
Jobs is confident in acquiring 1% of the total cellular market upon release of the iPhone [approximately 10 million phones per year]
Time surely will tell.