So the iPhone is selling like crazy and web 2.0 developers are jumping on the bandwagon with iphone hacking sessions, an IRC channel, a mailing list, and some really neat tricks to squeeze unexpected features out of the Safari web browser. Apple has set up developer tech talks to fuel the movement. There’s also a parallel effort to hack the iPhone so you can install “real” third-party applications. I suspect they’ll succeed, but it won’t matter much: your average user won’t hack their iPhone because Apple will make it too difficult to maintain thanks to their iTunes tether: they can always update the software.
Then there’s one tweak that could make a huge difference. Let a web application add itself to the dashboard:
<link rel="iphone:application" href="/my-iphone-app.xml" />
in the header that points to the icon and other application parameters, so you can add the application to your dashboard at any time.