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Sunday, July 01, 2007


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Hi Nick,

The iPhone will be opened up to 3rd party developers. We'll have to just wait a bit. Steve said that they are looking in to it and want to wait until they have it right. He said this in the D5 interview (http://kara.allthingsd.com/20070627/steve-jobs-the-entire-d5-interview-with-walt-mossberg/) But it will happen.

Simple PR talk. Instead of saying "Sorry, we tried to make it on time but we don't have it ready" they are saying "It's for your own good! Just relax - we have everything under control."

I'm really surprised that people actually think iPhone will remain closed platform.

"But so far I've hated every mobile device I've seen. They're too clunky, too geeky, and generally just too user-hostile."

Take a look at this: http://www.oqo.com/

It's the smallest PC in the world, yet it is relatively powerful (1.5GHz CPU, 60GB HDD, 1GB RAM, WiFi + Bluetooth).

Take a look at the docking station. This shows how small this PC really is. The docking station contains the optical drive, by the way.

No, I don't work for them, but I believe it is pretty cool ;-)

Using Web Apps instead of 'desktop' ones on your mobile is still an utopia.
For this to work, you need to guarantee cheap and fast mobile access to internet everywhere.
This is not cheap almost anywhere in the world, fast internet access on mobile devices is not ubiquitous anywhere either (may be in Japan?!?).

Perhaps we will see something like Google Gears appearing for the iPhone, this would give you offline storage but within the sandbox of the browser.

I'm really surprised that people actually think iPhone will remain closed platform...

"Sure, there's a lot of power in combining a great mobile device with a great web app like Google Maps, but even successful web developers realize the importance of native apps. For the iPhone to really take off outside of the geekosphere, it has to be able to access data that's not on the web, and it has to provide a seamless user experience."

Actually, except for business users, I think it's the other way around. Most people outside of the geekosphere couldn't care less about third party apps.

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