writes "Since Steve's keynote on the iPhone, the media has been celebrating the next big thing(TM). Meanwhile, looking through posts on the tech sites, there have been many complaints about being tied to Cingular, it not being 3G, being overpriced, and (the same old) issues with the battery. One thing that has barely been mentioned is the openness of the system. If it's going to function as a PDA, it seems fair to have other people develop applications for it (document viewer, scientific calculator, encyclopedia, etc.).
Besides a few random claims in postings, the most authorative piece I could find on the subject was from Gizmodo:
The OS: It isn't OS X proper, as you'd expect. And like an iPod, it won't be an open system that people can develop for. Remember, this is both an iPod and a Phone.
So my question is this: does anyone else have more info on this subject? And more importantly, if the answer is no, what is the best way to start a petition to Apple to try to get them to open the system up? I am more than willing to give them my money, but if I'm going to spend the money for a PDA, it would be nice to get an actual PDA. In theory Apple's mind could be changed by the time June comes around..."