Please note the date on this post. Read our more recent posts on the iPhone for more up-to-date information.
I need to step in here and talk about the iPhone.
I’m not saying at this point what our plan is with respect to iPhone development, but I want to dispell the notion that Apple is supporting third-party apps. Last week they issued a press release saying they’ll support “Web 2.0 apps”. This has a number of our customers excited, saying all we have to do is convert MyBible or PocketBible to Web 2.0 and it will run on the iPod.
The problem is that there’s no such thing as Web 2.0.
“Web 2.0” is a term that was invented by a computer book publisher to sell books. There’s not a “Web 2.0 standard” that you can download. In fact, nobody really agrees on what “Web 2.0” is. As close as you can come is that it refers to “cool stuff” on the Web. So an old HTML-based Web site is plain-old Web 1.0, where this WordPress blogging software and our tech support help desk software is Web 2.0.
The one thing we know for sure is that we’re not talking about “applications” in the sense that Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are applications, but rather we’re talking about fancy Web sites. In other words, Apple isn’t opening the platform to third-party developers, but rather they’re going to have a really nice Web browser. Pardon me if I’m not impressed.
This is particularly nasty for Bible software. Instead of having your 200 MB Bible library on your phone/PDA for instant access, you’ll be accessing it over and over from a Web site. In addition to the obvious speed issues you’re looking at paying for a data plan from your carrier, which adds significantly to your cost.
Again, we’re not saying we’re giving up on the iPhone. I’m just saying that this big-deal press release doesn’t say what some of you think it says.