Looking for A Hardware for the iPhone

Excited by the next rumored iPhone 4G’s feature, a RFID tag reader embedded, I’ve googled for “iphone hardware”.


The touchscreen interface seems better suited to sweeping gestures than tapping ones, although programs like Bebot have implemented clever workarounds.

But with Apple opening up the iPhone’s dock connector to third parties, I wonder: Couldn’t a manufacturer develop a hardware music keyboard with an intelligent docking station? You’d slot in your iPhone and get a high-res screen, tactile controls, and all kinds of sound-making capabilities.

(source: A hardware Music Keyboard for the iPhone – O’Reilly – David Battino )

Will the iPhone be the Swiss knife of the Smartphone market?

As reported by ReadWriteWeb, there’s rumor about the RFID reader feature of the next iPhone, the 4G’s.

So, it’s seems that the iPhone will be a platform for an huge different field: as a mobile self-payment system, or as chemical detector and as a RFID tag reader.

According to a number of believable blog reports, RFID is set to be a part of the as yet unannounced iPhone 4G. Apple holds a patent for a touch screen RFID tag reader and is said to be testing an RFID-enabled iPhone currently. So RFID could be a feature of the iPhone 4G as soon as Spring 2010.

(source: ReadWriteWeb – iPhone as RFID Tag & Reader: Coming Soon)

iPhone RFID: object-based media from timo on Vimeo.

U.S. App store: growth and trends of Applications

An interesting view of the growth and the trends of iPhone Apps on U.S. App Store, by Ben Lorica – O’Reilly Radar.

One crude measure for the relative complexity of developing apps across categories is to compare the number of apps per seller. The Top 5 categories in Nov/2009, were Books (17 apps per seller), Travel (6 apps per seller), Education (4 per seller), Reference and Sports (3 per seller). There were also 3 apps per seller in the Games and Entertainment categories in Nov/2009:

(source: Apps Per Seller Across the US iTunes Categories O’Reilly Radar)