Apple Opens the iPhone

Developers now can help turn it and the Touch into all-purpose computers.

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The swooning seems rampant and the criticism little: Apple has a hit with its description yesterday of how it would open iPhones to third-party software.

The move finally justifies all the iPhone hype, writes Farhad Manjoo on his Salon blog. "Apple CEO Steve Jobs unlocked the iPhone's true capabilities," which he describes as a "the first fully-mobile general-purpose computer. It was a Mac you could carry around with you, and that was a very big deal."

And the same can be said for the iPod Touch, the phoneless version of the iPhone. It's clear that Apple has much larger plans for its hand-helds than just cellphones and music players.

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