At the concurrently-running Web 2.0 Expo, Palm released new details regarding both the new Palm webOS SDK, and the Pre’s ability to run legacy Palm OS applications.
Palm has launched a wait list for the Pre SDK. Palm won’t say what criteria they will use to let developers gain early access to the Mojo SDK, but they encourage all developers to sign up. Palm re-iterated that the webOS SDK would be available for free to the general public when it is finished.
Palm also demonstrated their Classic support. Taking a page from John Rubenstein’s work at Apple, Palm OS Classic functions similarly to Mac OS Classic. The software breaks through WebOS’s third-party limitations, tapping into the underlying Linux services to create a Palm OS virtual environment. Users can install Palm PRC applications by dragging and dropping them onto the Pre while it is tethered to a computer (in mass storage mode).
No additional details were released regarding the Pre’s availability or pricing.