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For many people, certain things just go together: Peanut butter and jelly. Bacon and eggs. Apple and rigid policies that close off the eco-system.

Now hold on there. If you believe Tim Cook's latest statements, that last one might be going through some changes. At the AllThingsD's D11 conference on Tuesday evening, when Apple CEO Tim Cook was put in the hot seat over his company's infamously closed Apple software policies, he said, "On the general topic of opening up APIs [application programming interfaces], I think you'll see us open up more in the future. But not to the degree that we put the customer at risk of having a bad experience. So there's always a fine line to walk there. Or maybe not so fine."

Clearly, the response is measured, but it's still a radical departure from Apple's usual stoic dismissal regarding the whole matter of openness.

As if that weren't enough, Cook also confirmed everyone's assumption that Jony Ive was working on iOS 7, which will be revealed at WWDC on June 10.