Here’s one of many articles on the battle between Apple and iPhone hackers over the ability to run their applications on the iPhone. Apple seems to be badly misreading the current state of the world. Hello! We’re in Web 2.0 here! The breakthrough is Facebook fielding a full-fledged API for its fans to develop their wild and crazy applications — and to share them with everyone else. Yet, Apple is playing Microsoft, trying to lock down and protect their ability to deliver proprietary applications that their customers cannot build themselves, extend, or improve.
Personally, I’m committed to the power of community-maintained resources; I won’t consider buying a device that is locked down like the iPhone and the ITunes Touch. There’s something about knowing that the machine in your pocket is programmable that makes it more fun to carry — even if you end up not programming it yourself.