Friday, May 2, 2008

Updated iPhone Firmware Points to Jabber Support

An anonymous tipster has released a discovery of a new XMPP framework that was included within the latest iPhone firmware update. This framework refers to the source standard developed by the Jabber community for instant messaging and if true, could point towards Apple incorporating an iPhone IM chat client built on Jabber/XMPP.

Unfortunately, the XMPP file remains locked in a private framework and won't be available to third party SDK developers. Apple typically grants developers little access to the iPhone's underlying operating system and frameworks and single-purpose applications such as games are more likely to thrive in this development environment. More intricate utilities may face a harder development cycle or have to depend strongly on web-based servers.

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