Apple has launched a
Web site for developers
of its recently released iPhone. Part of the Apple Developer Connection, the Web site outlines guidelines and Safari compatibility when making applications for the iPhone.
Developers hoping to make applications for the iPhone have to do so inside of Apple’s Safari Web browser. By using Web 2.0 applications Apple says developers can make applications that look and behave just like the applications built into iPhone.
Building applications this way also provides integration with iPhone applications and services including making a phone call, sending an email, and displaying a location in Google Maps, according to Apple.
The development guidelines provides several topics including Understanding User-iPhone Interaction; Use Standards and Tried-and-True Design Practices; Integrate with Phone, Mail, and Maps; Optimize for Page Readability; Ensure a Great Audio and Video Experience; Know What Safari Supports on iPhone; Connect With Web Developers.
Apple announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June that in order to maintain the security of the iPhone, developers would only be given access to
building applications through Safari.
Developers were ultimately split
on the usefulness of developing in this type of interface.