iPhone SDK may be delayed

Due this month, it could be postponed for up to three weeks, blog says

Apple Inc. might miss the expected end-of-February release of its promised software development kit for the iPhone by as long as three weeks, according to a BusinessWeek blog.

The blog by Arik Hesseldahl cites an unnamed source who said the SDK will be late, although no reason was given. Other bloggers have written that they have heard rumors of a mid-March release.

An Apple spokeswoman said the company does not comment on rumors or speculation.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs posted an open letter in October that said the SDK would be released in February. The letter came as a turnabout, after Jobs had defended Apple's decision to forgo releasing an SDK on security grounds.

As with other nuances of the iPhone, the SDK's release, as well as its release date, are being followed closely by Apple observers and fans of the company's products. Various blogs in January posted purported leaks of the SDK key. FierceDeveloper in January cited Austinheap.com and Zibri's Blog as sources and posted the alleged key.

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