iPhone Applications

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Built-in Applications

In addition to the core phone, iPod, web browser, and mail functions of iPhone, the "home" screen contains a variety of "widgets" which serve as iPhone's built-in applications.

  • SMS Messaging: iChat-like application for sending and receiving SMS-text messages
  • Calendar: Syncs with iCal/Entourage on Mac or Outlook on PC to keep track of events and to-dos.
  • Photos
    • Syncs albums with Aperture, iPhoto or PC's Picture folder
    • Utilizes MultiTouch for image manipulation
  • Camera: Take pictures using the iPhone's built-in 2 Megapixel camera
  • YouTube: Browse YouTube content that has been re-encoded in H.264
  • Maps: Integrates with Google Maps. Supports satellite imagery, bookmarks, traffic reports and driving directions
  • Calculator
  • Clock
  • Notes
  • Stocks
  • Weather
  • Settings

3rd Party Applications

Despite the fact that the iPhone runs a version of Apple's OS X Operating System, Apple allows only pre-selected applications to run natively on the iPhone.

On March 6, Apple released a beta of the iPhone SDK that would allow native 3rd party applications to be developed for the iPhone for distribution through the iTunes App Store upon the release of iPhone Software 2.0 in June 2008. By March 12, Apple announced that the SDK had been downloaded over 100,000 times, and various developers had promised to develop for the iPhone.

Until the iPhone SDK, 3rd party software developers were encouraged by Apple to develop small web-based applications for use within the iPhone's built-in Safari browser. Developers of these web-applications were given a free development environment for iPhone.

Prior to the release of an official SDK, the iPhone Dev Team has hacked the iPhone to develop native third party applications. These efforts have had to be repeated with each iPhone firmware update.

Kudit specializes in applications designed specifically for the iPhone and has a large variety available including games and useful calculators. An email address is required to use applications so that settings may be saved between sessions.

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