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The iFund – $100M for iPhone Applications

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Apple just had a slew of very interesting announcements about the iphone 2.0, specifically:

  • Full Push Email / contacts / Calendar support with ActiveSync!
  • Salesforce.com integration
  • SEGA and EAGames
  • Apple SDK – full development environment
  • The AppStore – a closed distribution center for apps and add-ons for the iphone
  • A $100M VC fund to support people who want to build businesses around iPhone-based software.

Any takers? After a $10M for gPhone fund and $100M Facebook fund, Seriously, whats your excuse now?

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  • I am interested in FB apps regardless of FB Fund.

    but for iphone i have a problem with the way the platform is structured. Delivering your app via iTunes ONLY? where Apple will keep x% of the share on your app?

    That said, I am sure iPhone development will be getting better soon and it will be interesting to see how we can build one codebase to target major handsets..

  • Thats a very common model for both ensuring consumer security and stability and also allowing the platform to provide deeper integration over time.

    The Qualcomm BREW platform is also proprietary and closed, but it seems to work fine.

  • Qualcomm BREW still enables you to allow users to simply install the app (they get a security warning and blah blah) but to actually push it to the masses all you have to do is get a security certificate for your app.. where as for iphone the only way your user can download your app is to go through itunes..

    I am not that comfortable with that distribution idea.. they can keep the x% profit i don’t care.. but charge that for my security certificate ..

    but i will still try to make something neat on it.. lets see.. i have been working on getting workspace to port over to iphone.. so this might be interesting .. and we already have a new wixd app running internally for iphone and ipod touch.. but i would love to get an actual application build for iphone..

  • MacDeveloper

    Actually iPhone is the OSX platform so theoretically you can port your OSX applications directly to iPhone. This is how people have been developing applications before Apple released SDK.

    There is no comparison between facebook and iPhone as such; as facebook is very limited in what it can go and in any case they are just two very different things.

    By the way, there have been rumors that Apple has been developing a Mac compatible version of Lotus Notes. Once that’s done, it’ll be a UI update for it to work on iPhone. Think of how many businesses have Lotus Notes installed… iPhone will be real threat to Blackberry then.

    For all the geeks out there who haven’t had a chance to do Mac development, I think they should try it out along with iPhone and who knows a few millions may come their way :)

    By the way, I am talking about actual iPhone platform application development and not mobile web applications – those are not too interesting (again from GPV – geeky point of view:))

  • wow MacDeveloper… that was a bold statement: “I am talking about actual iPhone platform application development and not mobile web applications – those are not too interesting (again from GPV – geeky point of view:))”

    Indeed the iPhone platform is *in theory* a OSX BUT in OSX there are limits on how much apple controls your application delivery method.. where iPhone the *ONLY* way you can deliver your application is via iTunes.. correct me if I am wrong but last time i checked you could download Windows Mobile apps from anywhere and same was true with Blackberry apps.

    Also, not sure where you heard about lotus notes implementation but iPhone does play friendly with Exchange server and that itself should raise some concerns over at Blackberry folks.

    I am not sure if you have seen the way development on iPhone works. There are two SDK’s one for those who are coming from Desktop dev world and then there is a iPhone Web Developer SDK..

    Most of the apps that were being delivered to iPhone before SDK launch were via Safari and it will continue to do so.

  • MacDeveloper


    Actually, unofficially you can run your applications on iPhone. You don’t really need to download them via iTunes. Of course, Apple doesn’t like that and the warranty is void if you run your own applications (as far as I know). But there are ways to run your own applications on iPhone.

    From a mass-distribution point of view, yes ITunes is the only way to distribute applications. You are absolutely right about Windows Mobile and Blackberry or for that matter Nokia/Symbian applications.

    I’ve seen iPhone development SDK but even before that we’ve been fooling around with running our own apps for iPhone.

  • MacDev: Interesting. I didn’t know you can run the app without giving up your warranty.. can you point me to some help article on this? (for my own knowledge sake)

    As far as i understood – the only way you can test your app initially is via simulator then you buy your license (whatever that might cost or be free) and then u can test it out via sandbox delivery system.. I might be wrong on this but i will digg up the articles for you :)

  • Actually ob, the warranty does get void – in our case, we din’t mind that as we were just ‘fooling around’ :)

    You are absolutely right about the distribution process.

    I hope more people come to OSX development in Pakistan – so far, I don’t know of any firm doing some major development on this platform…

  • Btw if you restory you phone through ITunes, it’ll wipe out all data from hacked apps and the warranty should stay intact – theoretically at least …

    Is warranty even applicable in Pakistan?

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