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Following last week’s appearance of the first third-party native iPhone application, developers have continued to pursue the building of new, unsanctioned programs for the device. Erica Sadun of TUAW has built both a voice recording app, VRecord, and a screenshot utility for the iPhone, and a native NES emulator, iphonenes, has appeared on Google Code. A video of the emulator in action can be found on YouTube. Unfortunately for most iPhone owners, installation of these and other upcoming applications still requires a “Jailbreak” of the device. iPhone modification programs such as iFuntastic — which recently added file browsing in version 2.5 — are making the process easier for the average user, but modification remains an “at your own risk” endeavor, and it is reasonable to assume that any future iPhone software update may override any changes you make to your phone.

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I’m confused about these “native” applications.  Are these hacks, essentially?

I’ve also never understood the claim that Web 2.0 standard applications will work on the iPhone.  Are these web-based applications?

-From a techno-idiot. Or at least I’m made to feel so by iLounge.

Posted by alexarch in Dallas, TX on August 7, 2007 at 11:56 AM (CDT)

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web 2.0 applications work only within safari, and are glacially slow over the Edge network.  Using Wifi on the aphone makes them work at a normal pace, but burns through battery power lightning fast.

Native applications will work on the iphone without it being available to a network, and access the processor directly.  They are indeed hacks, which do not seen to have caused apple to seek them to shut down.

Posted by luther T. on August 25, 2007 at 1:24 PM (CDT)

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