For the last couple of weeks, rumors of a new iPhone have been rampant. Apple.com and ATT stores are sold out, phones are unavailable. All this leads to speculation that a new and improved version is on the way. It must be coming soon, too, or retail stores would still be stocking plenty of the existing model. In fact, Gizmodo claims to have confirmation that the new iPhone will be announced June 9, and released immediately after.
We all suspected it, but now it is confirmed: someone very, very close to the 3G iPhone launch has told me that Apple will announce their new model at the WWDC Keynote on June 9th.
It isn't just the easy email and internet in your pocket that is driving the demand for iPhones. (The prediction is 10 million will be sold in 2008.) Since Apple released information allowing developers to create third party applications to run on iPhone, the number of iPhone apps has exploded. Those top 10 (or top 25) iPhone apps lists may soon grow to top 50 apps or top 100 apps proportions. Here's Lifehacker's The 20 Best iPhone and iPod touch Applications.
At 9to5Mac, we learn that Apps will drive iPhone sales - Goldman Sachs. The article mentions,
"Third-party applications will differentiate the iPhone from a growing number of its smartphone competitors,” analyst David Bailey told The Financial Post. The analyst pointed out that deployment of Mac OS X on the device offers a “more robust” application development environment for developers. . ..
Apple.com itself lists available iPhone apps that do everything from calculate to entertain, play games, keep you up with news, sports and weather, allow social networking and increase productivity.
A.D.A.M. Mobile: applications for your iPhone just release the A.D.A.M. Symptom Navigator for the iPhone. It describes it this way:
You never know when or where a symptom will occur. Whether you’re on a business trip, on vacation with family, or at the baseball park, you have access to important health information from your iPhone, allowing you to make informed health decisions even when you are away from your home computer.
From chest pain to fever, sprain, and upset stomach, you can access up-to-date, expert-reviewed medical content. The tool will help you determine what your symptoms mean, whether to self-treat, and when to seek professional medical attention.
At Superpatron can find, not an actual iPhone app, but a list of libraries that have a catalog optimized for the small screen. Superpatron is looking for more links, so help out if you can.
If your library catalog has a special version optimized for small computer screens as seen on mobile phones or specially for the iPhone, I'm interested in a pointer to it.
Another interesting site with iPhone ready information is 101 Cookbooks, where there are recipes specially meant to be read on an iPhone.
Schmap has a special iPhone rotating map application. The maps include city and local guides and work if you rotate your phone sideways.
Want to play games? Look at this list, which is full of games at modmyifone.
At Read Write Web, we learn in Google to Crank Out More iPhone Apps,
Even before the publicly available Software Development Kit (SDK) announced in March, Google had partnered with Apple to produce two of the iPhone’s flagship applications: Google Maps and a native YouTube client.
Speaking of Google, they are promoting a program called Android that produces apps that will compete with iPhone apps on other types of touchscreen phones. Here's what Sarah Perez said in Android Is Out For iPhone Blood.
Wednesday, at Google's I/O Event, the company demonstrated their Android prototype phone, a device which has been greatly improved since its last public outing at this year's CES and Mobile World conferences. Today, Android looks classy enough that you half-expected them to pull a Steve Jobs and announce that you could run out and buy it right now. During the demo, the company showed off some of the applications that will run on Android - like a Google Maps Street View app that drew cheers from the crowd. From the buzz surrounding the Google Phone at this event, it's clear that Android has a shot at knocking that other touchscreen phone off its pedestal.
My relationship with my iPhone hasn't been an easy one. On the one hand, it's an absolutely brilliant platform -- I just love programming for it. On the other hand it's a money hole. To keep it legit, I'm forking over a wad of cash each month to AT&T and from there on to Apple.
Erica also mentions the possibility of an iPhone based AppStore at apple.com in AppStore is on the way. How much are you willing to pay?
Apple's iPhone-based AppStore is sure to debut sometime in the next month or two. My guess is that it will launch at WWDC, with select close partners at the launch and then a general opening to the rest of the third-party developers. I'd be quite surprised if AppStore launched and allowed immediate access to everyone who wanted to post an application for sale.
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So how much are you willing to pay for iPhone software? For Apollo, Twitterrific Touch or the NES emulator? Or for one of those spiffy new ports coming out of traditional gaming companies? Is the AppStore going to be just another source of free widgets or will there be a way for third party developers to entice you to buy?
Girly Geekdom also has a series of posts on iPhone.
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