PORTLAND, Ore. Apple has unveiled and iPhone development center to spur software developers to create application programs. So far the center supports only Web-based applications, but Apple reaffirmed its commitment to provide a native application development environment by February 2008.
The iPhone Development Center guides developers through the intricacies of Web 2.0 application development for both the iPhone and the iPod Touch. Videos guide developers through basic design and interface issues, then progress to content management, compatibility issues and optimization strategies. Code libraries and example applications are also provided.
Apple said it is also validating applications for developers on the development center by allowing them to upload their program to Apple for testing. Hackers have already posted unauthorized attempts to force open Apple's software for native application development and to use the iPhone with carriers other than AT&T. Apple said it has begun disabling the hacks with software updates.
Apple has sold about 1.5 million iPhones and Touch versions of the iPod. It estimates that about a quarter-million have been hacked.