I have to admit, I am enjoying some of the apps that the iPhone has available through their store. I am using the following applications on my iPhone, Twitterific Premium, Google, eReader, Monkeyball, Holdem Poker, Paypal, Tap Tap, To Do, and Wordpress. I have a couple things i’d like to see that are not available, but the iPhone isn’t my primary device so I really don’t care a ton quite yet.
On the surface, things look great for the iPhone with these apps. Even though there are still some crashes happening with some apps all over, including to myself, Apple has limited developers a ton to protect the integrity of the iPhone. You might say, “Well, that is super”, but it it really? Gizmodo has a great article about applications on the iPhone that might serve as a guide to making your own choice whether or not it’s good.
Apple’s number one priority is Apple.
Casualties: Basically anything that threatens any of the iPhone’s core functions or key profit centers. Opera told us they aren’t developing for the iPhone because the SDK doesn’t allow apps “that interpret code, which is essentially what the browser does.” Mozilla CEO John Lilly is more acidic in this month’s Wired saying, “Apple makes it too hard” but they’re using “a business argument masquerading as a technological” one. Any formats not supported by Apple essentially don’t exist. AT&T has implied to us that it’s Apple that’s not allowing laptop tethering, though there’s obviously network considerations for the carrier, so we’re reasonably, but not totally, sure.