June 11, 2007

Web 2.0 on the iPhone

So, some are complaining about Apple's announcement that they'll be exposing iPhone's features to developers via a Web 2.0 interface (whatever that means). I assume it's going to be (ideally) understanding URIs (such as the tel: scheme), media formats like vCard (maybe microformats like hCard and hCal?), and perhaps some JavaScript functions.

I think that while ultimately there should be an ability to release certified OS X apps on the iPhone, this is going to be a very big deal. Seriously, does any other phone really integrate hypermedia into the phone experience? I've always felt this was one of the best features of the BlackBerry, that all of the apps had some level of hyperlinking to the phone. But, the web browser still was a walled garden. Not anymore.

I think the herd is seriously underestimating the flexibility of this approach. They're too busy waiting for their VLC or Skype port, but they're pretty marginal, have been done before, and still are unlikely to offer a mainstream experience (on a mobile device) for quite some time.

It remains to be seen if the iPhone device is as usable and productive as it looks, but if it is, I'm looking forward to seeing some interesting iPhone web apps fairly quickly. This could be the beginning of real convergence.

Posted by stu at June 11, 2007 09:32 PM