Apple sets iPhone, iPod touch developers free; here’s what they’re working on

“Apple is on the verge of launching a new iPhone operating system — and a toolkit to help developers of new applications for the handsets. Apple says the new operating system itself will add more than 100 features, including the ability to cut and paste text, and a virtual keyboard for use when the phone is turned sideways, making it easier to type emails. The toolkit is expected to add about 1,000 functions to help developers come up with new applications,” Yukari Iwatani Kane reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“Some developers of authorized iPhone applications are reluctant to talk about their own specific plans. But many say they like the new system’s push-notification tools, which allow instant messaging and notification when something new is available on an application, even when it’s not running. Developers are also looking forward to adding subscriptions and transactions within their software for the first time,” Kane reports. “Other developers are excited about wireless features that will let iPhone users connect with one another in new ways, such as playing games.”

“Ngmoco, for example, is working on a virtual-pet game called Touch Pets, in which players complete missions with their virtual dogs to earn points that can be redeemed for virtual items like clothing. When the new iPhone operating system is available, Mr. Young says Touch Pets will use push notification to let users set up play-dates with other players and their dogs,” Kane reports.

“One of the most original entertainment programs to emerge from the App Store is Ocarina by SonicMule Inc., a Menlo Park, Calif., start-up that was founded by Stanford University academics who specialize in computer music… SonicMule has just launched a similar iPhone music application called Leaf Trombone World Stage, in which users will be able to play a trombone-like instrument. With the new operating system, co-founder Ge Wang says, iPhone musicians will be able to sync up their iPhones through the Bluetooth connection to play duets,” Kane reports.

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