This morning, we happened to find a particular “web application” that was already being touted as an “iPhone application”. It’s called OneTrip and guess what? It’s supposed to be an amazing shopping list app. designed specifically for the iPhone! According to OneTrip’s help page:
Sorry, OneTrip will only run in Safari. As an iPhone app, it doesn’t really need to run in anything else.
OneTrip is an iPhone-optimized web application (a simple shopping list). Since third-party apps won’t be available on iPhone for a while, I thought I’d create a website you could load in Safari on iPhone to approximate having a custom widget. I have no idea how this will actually run on iPhone, but I tried to make it look and feel iPhone-y based on what we know so far.
Hey! New feature! Your shopping list will be saved in a cookie, so it’ll be available next time you visit the page.
Oh! I’m sorry! I forgot the entire time I was reading your manifesto, I was looking at your page in the Mac OS X browser Shiira! And guess what? It looked the same in Safari. So the next time you have the audacity to tell me your piece of shit “web application” will only run in Safari, I’m going to flip. There is no iPhone SDK and until an iPhone SDK comes out or you graduate from MIT, there will be no iPhone applications from you dude.
-OneTrip only runs in Safari.
-On a desktop Mac, you’ll get gnarly scrollbars in long lists. This shouldn’t happen on iPhone, obviously.
-Tags will be stripped from free-text input (not an issue, really – a note).
-I don’t yet know how exactly iPhone Safari scales pages. My thinking is that if I have a 320 px-wide page, it should be shown at 1:1. We’ll see.