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Did the web fail the iPhone?

Posted by fabriziogiudici on October 19, 2007 at 10:48 AM PDT

I'd love to talk more about this, but I'm again near to a deadline and tomorrow I have to talk at the JUG Torino Java Day - everything is ready but I'd like to use for the first time Linux Ubuntu for the presentation, so there's something to double check tonight (even if Mac OS X is ready for a backup, of course).

The recent news about Apple opening the iPhone in February have spun off a lot of discussions in the blogosphere. While we're not sure that the SDK will be enough to support somebody in porting a Java Virtual Machine (and we can be pretty sure that Apple won't do that by itself), the primary theme is perhaps another: why did Apple change its mind? Yes, they did, because of this quote from Steve Jobs when the iPhone was launched: "Safari is the iPhone's SDK".

A blog tries to give some answers and it's worth reading. While the author sounds as a fan of Web applications (in the AJAX sense), my point is that those technologies can't compete with regular, rich applications (