Why the iPhone Doesn’t Make Business Sense

Don’t get your panties in a bundle, I’m speaking in regards to web developers. Ever since the iPhone’s debut developers have been rushing the servers to release iPhone versions of their web applications and websites. Considering only a little over half a million  iPhones are in regular use, why the rush? 

As it stands the iPhone is a fringe platform meaning that its relevance is almost nil for most web developers. For one thing, the iPhone can view full websites with exception of Flash and Java. So why are we masking already existing standards and putting the same ones in their place? It just makes no sense at all. The only difference in developing for the iPhone compared to the usual is screen resolution and thats about it. Everything else is fairly minuscule.

Until the iPhone starts getting in the hands of at least 5+ million people I’ll hold my breath and so will my web development practices. However, I will go out on a limb and say that if you’re a web developer building iPhone-centric web applications and websites, you’re wasting your time and resources on a dangerously low-pentration platform.

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