Apple May Soon Get the Ball Rolling on iPhone Apps

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It was only last week that Apple CEO Steve Jobs first said that his company will allow third parties to write applications for the iPhone, and there’s already word that this process might begin in a few days.

Apple iPhoneCiting "a person briefed on Apple’s plans", the New York Times is reporting that the company will announce at its software developers conference that developers will be able to make small applications written for the desktop version of Mac OS X into a version that will run on its upcoming smartphone

With this announcement still several days away — the developer conference starts on June 11 — there are no details on what the conversion process will involve. However, Apple has said that the iPhone will run a version of OS X, so porting software between the desktop and smartphone versions shouldn’t be too difficult.

What might complicate this process, though, is Apple’s strong desire to keep poorly written third-party software from making the iPhone unstable. The company is also nervous about users running into deliberately malicious applications.

This hasn’t been announced, but there is speculation that the company will require all third-party software to be certified by Apple before it will run on this smartphone.

The iPhone will debut on June 29 from AT&T, with prices ranging from $500 to $600.

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