So it appears that the iPhone SDK has been under our noses all along.
If you can write apps for the web, you can write them for the iPhone. But that’s the point - can you write apps for the web?
Some people aren’t happy. With honey-thick sarcasm, Rogue Amoeba says Web apps are not applications:
We know that making SDKs is not easy, and so it boggles the mind that you were able to create a complete iPhone SDK so quickly! So much access, provided so seamlessly - it is really quite amazing.
Read the comments following that post for a very quick overview of both sides of the argument. Some consider this announcement an insult to application developers; others say it’s the encouragement they need to start making more use of this web thing.
So let’s do a quick rough-and-ready survey, right here and now: how many OS X developers reading this have ever built any kind of web-based application? Raise your hands. What are your thoughts on Steve’s iPhone plans? Are you distressed or delighted about the prospect of building webapps (and perhaps integrating them, somehow, with desktop apps)?