30 Things the iPhone Could Do That You Haven't Thought of Yet
posted 10 Jan 2007, 1PM | 41 Comments
So, like the rest of the geek and semi-geek worlds, I'm completely enamored with Apple's new iPhone. As a would-be interface designer, I'm blown away. If you haven't seen Apple's demos or photos of the unit, I recommend you take a look. With video iPod functionality, OSX as its platform, multi-touch sensing screen, an accelerometer, proximity sensor, full web browser, 2 megapixel camera, rich-text email, widgets, Google Maps, WiFi, Bluetooth, new voicemail tech and a remarkable UI all included, the sky's the limit.
Here's a list of 30 theoretical iPhone uses you may not have considered. Have other suggestions? Add a comment.
- Connect to your home network.
- Shoot, upload, tag, and organize Flickr photos, all from the unit itself.
- Play Nintendo DS homebrew games.
- Run a ported version of any existing OSX dashboard widget.
- Download songs directly from the iTunes Store.
- Shoot, edit (iMovie Pocket, anyone?) and upload video directly to YouTube.
- Multi-touch puzzle games. Just imagine.
- Update its software without user assistance
- Share songs with a friend, Zune squirt-style (shudder)
- Run a sexy partly line (circa-1987) to earn you literally dozens of dollars, thanks to its "merge calls" function.
- Act as a portable 8gb Bluetooth / USB hard drive
- Help you plot your day about town with a version of Gmap Pedometer.
- Ping home to see what's waiting to be watched on your Apple TV.
- Act as a steering wheel for a racing game shown on its own screen.
- Make Skype calls that auto-transfer to WiFi when a network is detected.
- Let you SSH or FTP into a server from anywhere.
- Bring you to tears when it falls and skids face-down across a parking lot.
- Broadcast what you're listening to, in real time.
- Run advanced image editing software (rotate, zoom, and crop with your fingers!)
- Connect to a Bluetooth keyboard for easier input
- Allow instant messaging with any existing chat client on any platform.
- Stream internet radio direct to your headphones.
- Record meetings, memos, or rock concerts.
- Let you copy a passage from an eBook and post it to your blog.
- Wake you in the morning by reading your email or news headlines out loud.
- Automatically enter standby mode when set on a flat, level surface.
- Let you monitor a babysitter spy cam during your dinner date.
- Run Microsoft Office.
- Accept voice commands: "iPhone, play Gnarls Barkley".
- Pause the home video you're watching only when your mom calls.
Sure, it's pricey at $499, but life's better just knowing that I'll eventually own one. Plus, my AAPL stock is up 10 percent, for now ;)
Update: Of course, much of this list will be impossible if the iPhone doesn't run an open OS that people can develop for.
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