Today Steve Jobs has come out in person and confirmed the “kill switch” rumor. He says, and I quote, “Hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull,” He said that this I not routinely used but that it is capable of completely deleting the application or code that is “malicious”. Now this is what he tells the media, but I also believe that it is to try to control unauthorized applications, or at least do something to them, like Cydia or Installer perhaps? Anyways, he goes on to say that the “kill switch” is just a precaution, and that they haven’t had to use it yet.
Not only did Steve Jobs talk about the “kill switch” but he went on to talk about the App Store. He went on to say that the App Store has earned Apple a revenue of $30 million, and about 60 million applications were downloaded since the App Store’s launch on July 10th. Now remember, $30 million s just for Apple, Apple’s developers get 70% of the pie here, so total estimated revenue is about $100 million just this last month! That’s incredible! Steve says that by this years end, Apple would have a revenue of $360 million. And he finally goes to say “Phone differentiation used to be about radios and antennas and things like that, We think, going forward, the phone of the future will be differentiated by software”