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A Glimpse At New IPhone Apps

  • Forbes, Thursday, May 1, 2008 11 AM
Apple is stitching together a bold new vision of computing "that goes far beyond today's hot-selling iPhone and toward a future that combines wireless broadband and touch-sensitive interfaces with built-in motion sensors." However, that's not to say that the iPhone isn't central to that strategy, because it certainly is.

The likes of networking giant Cisco Systems, chipmaker Intel and video game publishers Sega and Electronic Arts are working on a varying range of products as well as service enhancements for the iPhone. Cisco is creating software that lets users point their iPhones at their desktop computers and simply flick a button to send files to it. Intel, Apple's chip supplier, is experimenting with ways to tie motion sensors to maps, and EA and Sega are working on games that respond to the iPhone's touch-screen and motion-sensor capabilities. And it doesn't end there: VC Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is pumping $100 million into startups building software for the Apple device.

"All of this hints that Jobs and team Apple are thinking two moves ahead even as they plot the rollout of a third-generation version of the iPhone," says Forbes. The 3G device is expected to be unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 9 for a release date sometime near Apple's one-year anniversary on June 30.

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