Please note the date on this post. Read our more recent posts on the iPhone for more up-to-date information.
If you take a look at the comments you’ll see that our two posts about the iPhone have generated a lot of feedback. This has been one of the most (if not the most) popular topics on the blog.
It’s been quite an interesting phenomena in the industry. Unlike other new product announcements, there were few developers (beyond the big contributors like Google) who were brought into the inner circle and given access to the iPhone in advance. Very little was known about it until recently when developers could actually hold one in their hands.
As it turns out there is no ability to install third-party applications — not even Widgets. The only kind of application you can put on the iPhone is one that is accessible through the Web. Existing Web applications probably work OK on the iPhone, but they’re not optimized for the way its unique (i.e. “quirky”, “smart”, or “retarded” — depending on your perspective) user interface works. A good iPhone app needs to be carefully designed to work around its weak points and take advantage of its strong points.
I suppose if we were to do Bible software for the iPhone we could host it on a site, say iPocketBible.com and people could browse to it from their phone or actually from any desktop, PDA, or phone with an adequate Web browser. iPocketBible.com would have to offer features that you can’t find on existing Web-based Bible sites. And since those sites aren’t optimized for iPhone, iPocketBible.com would be much easier to use.
We’d also have the advantage of content that isn’t available at other Web-based sites. Our licenses with Christian publishers give us the ability to publish more than the public domain “classic” Bibles and reference books you find elsewhere. Sure, there are a few modern Bibles available at those sites, but iPocketBible.com would be able to give you access to commentaries and reference materials that aren’t available elsewhere.
Well as I’ve said many times before, we can’t talk about products that may or may not be under development. If we’re working on it, we’ll neither confirm it nor deny it. If we’re not working on it we’ll neither deny it nor confirm it. But we really appreciate all the interest you’ve shown and the comments you’ve posted regarding the iPhone.