Java for iPhone by Feb 2008?

I just received this email as a response to a bug I had filed at Apple concerning Java's non presence on the iPhone.
(Hmm... Reading the message closely it does not say "Java" though, it just mentions an SDK... I wonder what kind of Software Development Kit they mean?)

Subject: Re: Bug ID 4918928: java on iphone

Dear Henry,

This is a follow-up to Bug ID# 4918928 . Apple has just announced via Apple HotNews an iPhone SDK will be made available to developers in February 2008.

------------------- http://www.apple.com/hotnews/ [no permalink it seems]

Third Party Applications on the iPhone Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once—provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones—this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than “totally open,” we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.

Steve

P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch.

Comments:

Yes, I don't think they are thinking of Java at all. But having an SDK, means that somebody else can port it - hopefully.

Posted by Fabrizio Giudici on October 17, 2007 at 12:28 PM CEST #

Hi

Dose anyone know when the SDK kit for iphone will come out. Also is there going to be a Java apllication made for it.

Thanks

Posted by Jason on February 25, 2008 at 04:12 AM CET #

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