facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Programmers invited to toy with iPhones

March 7, 2008 at 9:02 AM   |   Comments

CUPERTINO, Calif., March 7 (UPI) -- Apple Corp. issued an open invitation -- or almost an open invitation -- to software developers Friday to add new functions to the iPhone.

Apple Chief Executive Officer Steven Jobs announced Apple would sell a $99 developer's kit so programmers could create new uses for the iPhone.

Apple would then make the new programs -- everything from games to office functions -- available to the public through a system called the Apps Store, which would distribute the new programs and keep 30 percent of the sales price.

Venture capitalist John Doerr's firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers is putting up $100 million to invest in the new programs, The New York Times reported.

"The potential for iPhones is huge," Doerr said Thursday at Apple headquarters.

The iPhone commands 28 percent of the smart phone market but has had trouble breaking into the corporate world, the report said.

Jobs said the offer was open to any program that Apple approves. The invitation doesn't extend to pornographers, for example, Jobs said.

Topics: Steven Jobs
© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
E-3 Sentry aircraft tipped for digital cockpit, avionic systems makeover E-3 Sentry aircraft tipped for digital cockpit, avionic systems makeover
2
Norways Kongsberg to demo missile for U.S. Navy Norways Kongsberg to demo missile for U.S. Navy
3
Tony Hayward: Kurdish oil sector open for business Tony Hayward: Kurdish oil sector open for business
4
Saab producing vehicle protection system for unidentified customer Saab producing vehicle protection system for unidentified customer
5
Mexican Navy to build Damen vessels Mexican Navy to build Damen vessels
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback