Sun, Apparently High as a Kite, Plans to Develop Java JVM for iPhone

Despite the fact that the iPhone SDK terms explicitly state that “No interpreted code may be downloaded and used in an Application except for code that is interpreted and run by Apple’s Published APIs and builtin interpreter(s)”, Sun announced that they plan to develop a JVM for the iPhone SDK. Eric Klein, vice president of Java marketing for Sun:

Our announcement was based on our excitement to build a JVM for the iPhone and the iTouch, as well as our assessment of Apple’s publicly available information on the SDK and related business terms.

Apparently they’re so excited they think there’s a device called the “iTouch”.

If there are clauses in the iPhone beta SDK license agreement that potentially limit third party application distribution, then these are items that we want to have a positive discussion with Apple about.

Please record these discussions and share them with the world, so that we can all have a good laugh.

Thursday, 13 March 2008