Merlin Mann: And what I wanna know from you is, if you had a software development kit today, and you could walk home and, I don’t know, go learn Xcode, and make the application of your choice, what would you put on an iPhone?
Dan Moren: I think that the most compelling thing is to take on Cisco with their iPhone, with the VoIP capabilities? I mean, I’d like to see some Skype on the iPhone. If you got the WiFi in there, you got some, you know, 3G or something, but for those of us who don’t wanna switch to Cingular, you know, and you still want some voice capabilities, why not be able to develop a Skype, put in some voice communication application in there, … it’d be great to have some kind of AIM functionality too.
I think that’s it. The iPhone is closed because if it wasn’t, you’d be able to use the iPhone without continually paying for Cingular phone calls or SMS (by using Skype and $IM_SERVICE instead).
That means that if they do make an SDK, it won’t be available until at least two years from June.