03 July 2007

iPhone Applications

When Apple announced that the "sweet" iPhone Software Development Kit was going to be AJAX and "Web 2.0 stuff", most developers scoffed. A few went to work, and now we are starting to see some web applications built specifically for the iPhone.

First up is a very nicely designed shopping list application named OneTrip. It was the first iPhone application released as far as I can tell. It's also my personal favorite.

Then 37Signals Ta Da List web app simply senses if you are hitting their website from an iPhone and adjusts to look like this:

OmniGroup is working on a version of their getting-things-done application OmniFocus for the iPhone and they have some screenshots online here.

Notice how these iPhone web apps follow or try to follow very closely the iPhone look and feel. This is a testament to how these developers really get the "build the experience" ethos. That said, even with all this focus on looking "iPhone-like" without the smooth transitions, it's really quite a different feel.

An attempt at a full list of all iPhone web apps can be found at iPhone Application List, but be prepared for some ugly looking iPhone apps. I think the delay in releaseing a "real" iPhone SDK may actually help cement the iPhone experience. With a solid customer expectation of what it means to be an "iPhone app" this could actually lead to an better user experiece with all 3rd party iPhone applications long term. Let's hope!

Apple's official documentation and guidelines for developing for the iPhone are located here: http://developer.apple.com/iphone/

11 comments:

Chris - My First Mac said...

There's a good list that has all the iPhone apps and widgets that is updated daily. They have our widget there.

It's at iPhone Widget List: http://iphonewidgetlist.com

EfeitosVisuais.com said...

Don't forget AddFone
http://addfone.com

a search engine for iPhone related applications that has the largest database of applications around, almost twice as large as the second largest list.

AddFone is a search engine and it is very fast!

Scott said...

Hi, we have a little app to share - iPoll. It lets you create, vote on, share, and send polls. You can share them with friends or the world. Create your own polls or just cruise around the current favorites. It's great way to waste 5 min waiting for a bus.

ipoll.surveygizmo.com

Ben Reubenstein said...

My little app has picked up some traction, http://www.iphonenetworktest.com. Great to see how fast your iPhone is on edge or wifi.

dave said...

I'd like to share with you iPhone Applications, an easy access directory divided by category of web applications developed for iPhone

Jake said...

Ta Da List is okay, but it's pretty basic. Toodledo has just created an iPhone optimized version of their powerful task manager. It allows you to have due-dates, repeating tasks, goals, folders, etc.

http://www.toodledo.com/slim

You might want to check it out.

gustaf said...

Also check out heysan! AIM, MSN, ICQ which is a free IM application optimized for iPhone. We got listed by macrumors as a top 3 iPhone app form the iPhonedevcamp last weekend.

http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2007/07/09/iphonedevcamp-wraps-up/

jim franks said...

More a website adjusted for the iphone than an application, I ran across this today www.employmentspot.com/iPhone . Interestingly imagine if someone with an iPhone was looking for a job, I would hope they had a bit in the bank. I can't see the unemployed rushing out to find jobs through the iphone.

Anonymous said...

Hi guys, you forgot Earthcomber!

Freeware

Description:

With GPS accuracy, Earthcomber spots & maps all the useful & interesting things around you: Free WiFi, coffee joints, pubs, eateries, fuel, stores, ATMs, live music, movies by title - all shown by what's closest to you. Millions of places, full coverage of the US.

Application Name: Earthcomber

URL: http://www.earthcomber.com/iphone

http://www.earthcomber.com

Company: Earthcomber LLC


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edschepis said...

Hi, I'm proud to announce my iPhone web application.

http://onemillioniphones.com

It is something very similar to milliondollarhomepage.com, but designed for iPhones.
I appreciated the idea of Alex Tew and I've decided to work for the iPhone oriented version.

We worked hard designing the style of the web pages for the iPhone browser and for the user's fingers.

The homepage is divided in more than 400,000 pixels and the users can buy them to host your advertise.

The web pages will be displayed on thousands of iPhones and I'm sure it will attract a lot of advertisers.

Brad Waller said...

EPage is proud to announce our iPhone specific interface to the largest classifieds network on the Web.

http://epage.com/js/iphone/index.jsp