We look at the first apps to be created for the iPhone using Apple’s SDK which was released in March.
The news organisation, which already offers a web-based application also plans to go the native route with its Mobile News Network program. Adding locations provides you with local news while the iPhone's Core Location feature can tailor the news to wherever you happen to be.
The Associated Press'native app downloads the news as you read it. That allows you to access it later, even when you're not connected to a network (or connected to a very slow one). Like many other iPhone apps demonstrated Monday, the AP offering ships for free when the App Store arrives.
Pangea Software the long-time Mac game developer showcased two offerings; Enigmo and Cro-Mag Rally. The former is a physics-based 3D puzzle game that exploits the iPhone's MultiTouch interface you move and rotate various pieces to control streams of flowing liquid around a puzzle.
Cro-Mag Rally is a more graphics-intensive 3D racing game. It relies on the iPhone's tilt controls to handle things like steering. Pangea plans to sell both games for $9.99 (£5) when the App Store launches.
Moo Cow Music
This is a one-man operation, where an British insurance worker whipped up an app that lets you play various virtual instruments. You can fix different instruments together, forming your own band. It's hard not think of this app, dubbed Band, as a sort of mobile version of the Magic GarageBand feature from Apple's own music composition program.
Band is slated to appear on the App Store in "a few weeks time", according to its developer. There was no word on pricing during Monday's demo.
Major League Baseball
MLB.com's At Bat application, available via the App Store at launch, shows live scores, including information about who's at bat and who's on base. That's useful enough, but the application also offers real-time video highlights from games in progress. MLB.com's Jeremy Schoenherr said the app includes "some features we're not offering anywhere else."
Modality demonstrated one of the two medical applications developed for the iPhone so far. Modality's offering is a reference tool for medical students. A sort of mobile flash card, the app lets users zoom and pan across images of body parts. There's also a quiz feature. Modality plans to have dozens of applications available through the App Store shortly after launch. Expect that figure to grow by year's end.
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