Apple announced it will provide a development kit to let independent programmers create new applications for the device, a move that could eventually open the music player-phone to new games and link it to corporate e-mail systems.
"We are excited about creating a vibrant third-party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users," Jobs said. "We believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers."
But code writers will have to wait until February 2008 to get the software tools, Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs said in a statement posted on Apple's Web site.
Independent software writers are sure to write applications allowing the iPhone to sync with corporate e-mail systems.