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Apple iPhone Web Apps

Apple today launched their iPhone web application directory. Surprisingly, the page is a desktop style directory like the Download pages, not a special mobile/iPhone version. The application categories include Calculate, Entertainment, Games, News, Productivity, Search Tools, Social Networking, Sports, Travel, Utilities, and Weather.

My fear is if too many people use this site that Apple will come to the conclusion that web sites are the best third party application solution for the iPhone.

Several blogs have suggested that Apple is hesitant to create a full SDK because developers will create chat programs. These programs would take away from the SMS upgrade services offered by AT&T. It would be unfortunate to limit the potential of the iPhone for this sort of thing, though the fact that there are currently no chat (1 / 2) sites listed in the directory makes that conclusion seem more likely.

What do you think? Do the web applications meet your needs?

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