I don’t want to say I told you so but …

I did. Kind of. You may recall that a few weeks ago, on Oct. 2, I told you that we’d be releasing an SDK this week. Well, okay, we’re not releasing the actual SDK this week — but we’re making it official today that we’ll be shipping an SDK in February. Now far be it from me to diss on the brilliant prognosticators at Ars Technica, but you’ll recall they did go out of their way to dismiss my report back when I made it.

From Ars Technica, Oct. 3: “There are currently no plans to offer a `true’ iPhone SDK that would allow developers to create native apps, a source at Apple has told Ars.”

From me, today: “Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users.”

Siooma, Ars Technica. And to everyone else? You’re welcome. And I accept your apology.