Originally Posted by zim2dive
When Jobs said we could run real desktop applications, I took that to mean we could copy over our own existing apps, tho all subsequent reports say this is not the case. I'm not sure how you can call something you have to buy thru iTunes, a real desktop app? Apple seems to not comprehend how much acceptance OS X has gotten b/c of having unix under the hood (and thus being so open).
I think that there is enough uncertainty here with how Apple is going to support apps on the iPhone's OS X, that we need to wait until Apple clarifies the issue. There is raging debate over at Howard Forums about this issue, and it isn't productive. My opinion is that Apple needs to control tightly the roll-out of their first phone to assure success. Any little stumble due to instability caused by apps (or anything else for that matter) will be a huge media event, as the nay-sayers will devour Apple and its Apple-istas. Watch for the release of the iPhone to be one
of the most highly watched, media reported, hyped and overblown product rollouts ever. Any apps bundled with the phone will meet strict assurance guidelines, whether they are built by Apple or not. Then as the iPhone is tested out, the third party environment will be invited in to whatever degree that Apple thinks is appropriate.
I believe that because the OS X will be optimized for whatever chip, it will necessarily be different from the Core Duo line that it runs on now. So whatever apps are run on it will most likely either have to be optimized for that OS (in a similar way that apps have to become universal binaries or Intel-native via xCode i.e.), or they will have to run in emulation (ala a Rosetta-esque environment). Look for much information to come out at WWDC this summer. And as Apple tightly controls both tools, they will be able to maintain ultimate control over what can run on the chip. Of course hackers will have a hey day (hay day??) trying to open up the iPhone. But I think that Apple will be walking a fine line between restricting and allowing access. Ultimately, they will have to allow whatever applications on the chip that its customers demand, or sales will suffer. With all of the potential of OS X, users won't be content with a handful of widgets and a calendar or addressbook, and Apple knows that.
So, once again we must wait and endure the dearth of info, and again be buffetted by the wrath of the rumor mongers... until??? If nothing else, Steve Jobs knows how to play the suspense card. Though if Apple doesn't throw some bones to the dogs, they will eat him up by release time.