Software Drives the iPhone 3G  

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As interest in the next iPhone grows to a fever pitch ahead of Friday's debut, developers ready its next generation of software. (By David Needle -internetnews.com)

Friday is D-Day for the iPhone 3G. That's when Apple and wireless provider partner AT&T plan to make the much-anticipated successor to the original iPhone available to consumers.

While Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) didn't make many hardware changes to the sleek device (the iPhone 3G is a bit thinner and includes a GPS chip), it's Apple's related decision to open up the iPhone to developers that's the big news.

Of course, one other hardware change will help drive both software innovation and consumer adoption, and that's the inclusion of faster 3G cellular network speeds.

"The iPhone is the first time you've had a true Internet browser in your pocket; the other devices people use only when they have to," said Paul Moreton, vice president of product management at mobile software developer Quickoffice.

"The first iPhone was slower, so once you speed up that connection you've opened up a lot of business uses," he added. "Where you need a Web browser to quickly find a nearby FedEx location and other ad hoc stuff, it can be really handy for business users." Matt Murphy, who directs the $100 Million iFund at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, notes the speed and new pricing of major importance.

"A speed increase that's three to six times before, depending on the network availability, makes a big difference," Murphy told InternetNews.com. The iFund was launched earlier this year by the well-known Silicon Valley venture capital firm as an investment in the iPhone ecosystem and the outside developers it's banking will produce innovative, and profitable, applications.

Apple also is counting on new applications to drive interest in the platform. Along with the iPhone 3G, Apple is expected Friday to publicly launch its Apps Store, modeled after its wildly successful iTunes store for downloading music, podcasts, and videos.

App Store is expected to debut with over 500, mainly consumer, applications available from outside developers that will run on all models of iPhone. Apple also is enhancing the iPhone with enterprise-friendly features like support for Microsoft's Exchange software.

One of the many developers anxious to see what happens Friday is Big Canvas, which expects to launch its first application for the iPhone when the Apps Store opens for business. Apple, which controls software distribution for the device, is checking submitted applications for viruses, inappropriate content and other criteria, so not every developer that submits an app is assured distribution. BigCanvas said it's already been approved, though it can't discuss details of its photo-sharing ahead of the App Store's launch.

"Once Apple announced the SDK (software development kit) in March, I downloaded it to take a look and got excited," said Satoshi Nakajima, founder and president of Big Canvas. "It's so difficult to make money with mobile software, Apple's made it much simpler. I really like the App Store concept."

Nakajima, who was once a lead software architect at Microsoft for Windows 95 and other projects, said he's been working on software for eight years for other mobile platforms, including the Treo, Java and Microsoft's Windows Mobile. "But it's almost impossible to make money unless you do business with the carriers, and that means hiring business development folks to go out and wine and dine the carriers, which is time consuming and expensive."

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You've reprinted my entire article in violation of our copyright. A summary of 1-3 paragraphs and a link is fine – and greatly appreciated – but you do not have rights to post entire articles.

If any questions, please click on the link (my by line) to notify us. Otherwise, the copyrighted article you've reprinted should be greatly reduced to a few summary graphs with a link to the full article back to your InternetNews.com site as mentioned. Thanks a lot.

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July 15, 2008 at 4:19 PM

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July 16, 2008 at 1:44 AM

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