Fueling speculation that Apple is working with Tiny-Code (a developer of unofficial iPhone applications), the small firm's site now redirects to Apple's iPhone Dev Center site.
On Friday, Tiny-Code posted a message to its site stating that the developer was "working with Apple and with their SDK (software development kit) for the next firmware release and SDK applications." The company subsequently pulled its repository of unofficial third-party iPhone software "for legality reasons" adding "you should see us soon on iTunes." The company also posted a message hinting at the forthcoming release of iPhone firmware/software 1.1.4.
Tiny-Code previously maintained a collection of software for the iPhone, comprising fixes for other unofficial applications, including fixes that "reduce the chance that an old app won't work with firmware 1.1.3 ."
Currently, unofficial third-party applications can be installed on the iPhone via a process called jailbreaking. However, Apple is due to release an SDK this month that will allow sanctioned installation of applications on the device.
Not only do current unofficial applications exist in abundance, developers have created a fairly robust unofficial SDK, including a complete guide to iPhone development that integrates Apple?s XCode, an integrated development environment for Mac OS X. Instructions for setting up a staging area, creating a mountable iPhone filesystem, installing the iPhone toolchain, and finally setting up XCode with a custom iPhone application template are all included.
The redirection could of course, however unlikely, be an elaborate prank.