Apple To Release Kit For People To Create 3rd-Party iPhone Apps

It looks like another about-face for Apple.

Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs says his company will now allow third-party applications on the iPhone.

It's a decision that marks a clear turnaround from Apple's previous desire to control the applications consumers have on their iPhones.

Jobs says the company intends to release a software development kit in February that will let people outside the company to create iPhone and iPod touch applications.

Coders have built numerous iPhone applications that run on the company's Safari Web browser because the company didn't initially open the iPhone directly to third-party software development.

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