Will iPhone 4.0 solve the pain of developers ?

When iPhone opened its SDK for developers 2 years back, we were very optimistic about the possibilities. The ecstatic response to the app store’ proved that iPhone had a great market and app store was the best way to reach iPhone users. But still, the SDK itself missed a lot of key features any decent SDK should have.

While porting Mobitop to iPhone from Symbian, we sorely missed the following.

  1. A deeper API to Safari browser
  2. Ability to run the app in the background (there is a Push registry but it’s nothing like a real daemon)
  3. Ability to ‘listen’ to SMS or calls
  4. Ability to set SMS body from APP
  5. Ability to render content on the idle screen

And many more …

These limited our abilities to do some cool stuff for iPhones.

Today I just read a rumor that Apple may announce iPhone OS version 4.0 soon… I just hope it addresses all these issues. But realistically I think just the background functionality may improve.

BTW, if you are the ‘fun’ type, you can always do all these on a ‘jailbroken’ iPhone …:-)

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