by Charles Ying

Archive for June, 2007

A Mac Games Announcement in August?

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Here’s what John Carmack said at the WWDC ’07 Keynote during his demo:

… in fact we’re showing on the Mac platform, the PC, the PS3, and the 360, the same data running. We’re going to be demoing this at E3, as well as our QuakeCon in August and I expect actually to have another Mac related announcement to make at that time which we can’t quite go into right now…
What could that announcement be? All of id Software’s titles have been ported to OS X already … could this be a port to a new forthcoming Apple console? (might this be Apple TV?) Or perhaps an original mobile game title or port for the iPhone?

We shall see.

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Safari Is The iPhone Developer Platform

Monday, June 11th, 2007

It’s official. Want to build applications for the iPhone? Safari is the solution. Web Standards is the SDK.

As I wrote about earlier this month, and this year, this is how you do it. It’s standards based, it’s pretty, and it’s the future.

Apple announced their iPhone extensions, there’s lots of integration points to make web apps first class on iPhone. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Dial phone numbers.
  • Send e-mail.
  • Link to built-in maps.

All of the web developers on the planet just became iPhone developers. Ladies and gentlemen, here comes the Mobile Internet Revolution.


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iPhone SDK Now Available (or How Apple reinvented the Mobile Application Platform)

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Today, John Gruber wrote an article asking for an iPhone SDK. Well, it’s here, but if you want it, you need to see things differently. —

For developers, the biggest thing about iPhone is that Apple has reinvented the mobile application platform. This isn’t mobile Flash, mobile Java, or even the mobile Web. It’s the real Web, the real deal.

The iPhone truly puts the Internet in your pocket. That’s huge. The Internet, the craziest, most amazing, important platform of our time is now on your phone. With a first class Web platform.

iPhone’s first 3rd party applications will be Internet services with web application or Dashboard user experiences. Apple’s will probably publish a few simple extensions; stuff to work with Multi-Touch high resolution, perhaps some offline support.

But remember, this is just the beginning:

Steve: What I’m saying is, I think the marriage of some really great client apps with some really great cloud services is incredibly powerful and right now, can be way more powerful than just having a browser on the client. Steve Jobs at D5

So until WWDC, you can find an iPhone SDK Developer Preview here.


Update: I think people are also realizing what the implications of all this are. Mike Arrington @ TechCrunch put it very succinctly in that mobiles and desktops will stop living separate lives when iPhone (and its clones) arrives and changes the game completely.

Update #2: It’s official.

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