[Geowanking] Bad news for those who wanted to see location-based apps on the iPhone...
geowanking at highearthorbit.com
Thu Jan 25 12:54:37 PST 2007
On 1/25/07, Jim Youll <jim at media.mit.edu> wrote:
> On Jan 25, 2007, at 2:07 PM, Mike Liebhold wrote:
> > This is not good news, but not a total disaster, although
> > developers will be denied access to the client hardware platform,
> > there is no reason why anyone can't develop amazing web-based
> > services accessible from the iphone's built-in safari browser.
> ... provided your users are happy to pay data and other message-unit
> charges for applications that could run happily off-network.
I pay a flat-rate data charge for my data. I believe Cingular has the
same, so that's kind of a moot point. It also has WiFi, so as long as
it's a free access-point, that provides high-speed free access.
The problem is, will it be possible to tie into other pieces of the
device through the web browser? Opera Platform was a Symbian app and
web-browser that let your 'web apps' (like widgets) access buttons,
call the camera, address book, etc.
My guess is this won't be possible w/ v1 of 'Safari Mobile'.
But still being able to access: GMail, Backpack, Wikipedia, my web-RSS
reader, etc. will be great. That's mostly what I do now with my mobile
that I *can* install/buy/develop apps for.
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