January 20, 2007
Like everyone else, I'm pretty exited about the iphone. But I won't be head over heels excited until I find out if 3rd parties can develop apps for it, because a slick phone would be neat, but a real version of OS X with 3rd party apps would be like cherries every day. This list of "I want" apps came to mind almost immediately. What's on your list?
1. I want to be able to find photographs on the net geotagged to my current location with a scroller that goes back chronologically. Imagine standing at a particular spot, and instantly be able to see what happened there last week, last month, last year. (idea originally from Jakob Lodwick)
2. I want fingerpainting. (allowing you to choose between watercolors, gouache, oils, etc... and with paint running down the screen based on the phone's orientation)
3. I want an intruder alert. In other words you lock your phone with a special code, and if someone picks up your phone it starts taking pictures, recording sound and sending you an email with photos and the recording. Also it should have a siren.
4. I want an alarm clock set to one of my itunes playlists.
5. I want Netnewswire.
6. I want a portable antfarm with virtual ants.
7. I want a timelapse function for camera where a series of images is taken at a preset intervals and turned into a movie.
8. I want the phone to read me my mail if I'm in the car.
9. I want to be able to record my phone calls with a click..
10. I want voice annotated email... yeah it would just be voicemail via email, but it would mean I could send a voicemail to someone without a phone.
11. I want to be able to transfer files user to user via wifi or bluetooth... if iphone really runs a flavor of OS X this should be no problem. We can always email files anyway, and not allow auto-discovery via rendezvous.
12. I want the option to connect a small keyboard. Will this be possible via the ipod socket? Probably not, but we can keep our fingers crossed.
13. I want to be able to set custom mail sounds for different users.
14. When someone in my address book calls, I want to, with a click, have access to recent email from them while we speak.
15. I want an open API for the document viewer so I can view files in a variety of formats including word, excel, etc...I know most of these document types are viewable through the web, but wouldn't it be nicer to have this native?
16. I want to run skype or to be able to do voice chats when I'm connected via wifi.
17. I want to be able to directly sync any folder on my computer to any folder on the phone with a push of the button and without going through .Mac or some other third party.
18. I want to be able to share a calendar with selected people so we can all sync whenever we are online.
19. I to play games with the the person across from me on the subway via wifi.
20. I want play a song for a friend over wifi. ("Hey listen to this.")
21. I want subway maps. With real time arrival times/traffic reports.
22. I want the Oxford English Dictionary.
23. I want a local copy of wikipedia.
25. I want to be able to take a picture of a barcode, have it scanned and understood, and find out what the best price for that product is online.
26. I want directions when I am lost.
27. I want to be able to call in and with a secret code have the phone tell me where it is, so I can find it when I lose it.
28. I want to be able to access files on my home computer when I forget something.
29. Did I mention fingerpainting?
30. I want it now.