iPhone Apps: Impressive collection in a Short Time
I've been tracking the iPhone app store pretty closely, as I have been really interested to see what people are developing. Â The first day it was available (the Thursday before the iPhone 3G was released), there were quite a few interesting apps, but most were trivial proof of concept apps that were released just to show what could be done. Â But now, we see more useful apps coming to the Store, and many of them are free (the economics of the iPhone apps are an interesting discussion on their own). Â While I don't have an iPhone yet (I'm waiting until September when AT&T indicates I can get the subsidized price), I've already started to collect some apps:Â eBay Mobile: Â Yes, I use eBay. Â I've used eBay ever since I worked there, and I still like to check it out as a way to price objects. Â PayPal: Â I use PayPal rather extensively when billing clients. Â It's convenient for me, and convenient for them to make the payment through PayPal. Â I also pay for my items in iTunes and Second Life through PayPal. Â eReader: Â I've always loved eReaders, though I would like to see a free app that will include text files. Â But, in the mean time, I'll stick with the eBooks that I have gathered over the years. Â Evernote: Â I've never used Evernote, but I do like the idea of having notes to myself available everywhere I am. Â Perhaps I'll start to remember things. Â Last.fm: Â An internet radio on a mobile platform. Â Do I really need to explain it? Â ^_^Mocha VNC Lite: Â Not that I would use it on an iPhone on a regular basis, but having a VNC client available should I ever need to use it, that's just good preparation.Â Palringo IM: Â Instant Messenger, much like GAIM and Adium. Â It covers all the main messenger protocols out there, which makes it really useful. Â Remote: Â Turns your iPhone/iPod Touch into a WiFi Remote for your iTunes and Apple TV. Â So should you lose your tiny remote...Twinkle: Â A twitter app that doesn't have ads.WordPress: Â App for blogging from your iPhone. Â Not sure how it works quite yet, but I'm pretty excited to find out!Â WritingPad: Â A text editor. Â It would be handy for those quick spells of inspiration that comes at the oddest moments. Â So, from my wishlist, only a few things have not been realized...yet.Presentation Software: Â I haven't seen any presentation software show up on the iPhone App Store. Â If I just haven't seen it, please post the app in the comments. Â I would even be willing to pay for that app.Bluetooth Keyboard Support: Â Still no bluetooth tethering available. Â For this I'm still holding out for the iPod Slate. Â ^_^Terminal: Â A lot of people have said that a terminal would just not be available for the iPhone because it would open up a whole can of worms for Apple. Â I don't agree, but until the app comes I'm not going to hold my breath. Â But until then, I think I could get by. Â ^_^iCal: Â As I haven't purchased the iPhone yet, I don't know if iCal on the iPhone is any better. Â For those of you who do have an iPhone, can you view multiple calendars at once, and add an event to a specific calendar (without it creating a whole new calendar just for that one entry)?Second Life Client: Â I know this probably sounds silly, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to access Second Life from any location, particularly if you were teaching/attending a college class in Second Life? Â Well, for now you can't with the iPhone, but it's coming! Â VolleeÂ is developing their handset Second Life client for the iPhone, and hope to have it available soon. Â Needless to say, I hope to see it in the App store before the end of September. Â ^_^DOS Emulator: Â I haven't seen one yet, but it may be possible to port DOSBox over to the iPhone. Â Perhaps a project to get to know Objective-C...VoIP: Â Yes, there is a VoIP app (TruPhone), but it requires using their system with their rates. Â I would prefer to have a VoIP client that could be configured to use my own system. Â Of Â course, it seems to be a Skype competitor, and in that arena they look very promising. Â So that's my list, and what the market has done to fulfill it. Â I'm still waiting for a couple of features, but all in all there are enough apps out there to make getting an iPhone worthwhile.