10-Year Anniversary of the iPhone SDK

Great piece by Craig Hockenberry commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone SDK announcement. But it’s really more about the largely forgotten pre-SDK era of native iPhone apps:

I was not alone. Thousands of other developers were finding that the inside of this new device was just as magical as the outside. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that there was an explosion of iPhone app development.

One of the pivotal moments for the burgeoning community came at an independent developer conference called C4[1]. Held in August of 2007, many of the attendees had the new device and were discovering its capabilities. Most of us were also experienced Mac developers. We had just been to WWDC and heard Apple’s pitch for a “sweet solution”.

Just a few weeks after the original iPhone shipped and six months before Apple unveiled the official SDK, we were running some really fun native third-party apps at C4[1]. It was amazing, and so much fun.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018