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Apple iPhoneAndy Merrett writes...

Developers have been waiting for some time to find out exactly if and how they can create applications for the iPhone - and yesterday Steve Jobs told them.

At his opening Keynote speech to the World Wide Developers' Conference, he made it clear that the iPhone would handle applications, and they'd all run using Web 2.0 and AJAX technologies via the updated version of the Safari web browser.

I've already written that developers may now take notice of Safari because of the iPhone, and this effectively seals the deal.


Many Apple Mac fans and developers were hoping for Steve's keynote speech to include copious references to the next generation of Mac OS X — Leopard — and indeed there was plenty of demonstration of the system that's now, apparently, nearly complete.

There's still plenty of testing to do (developers at WWDC were able to pick up a beta copy of Leopard) so it's unlikely to arrive before October - still plenty of time to drool over some serious features backed up by amazing eye candy.

Admittedly, most features shown off were more developed versions of what we saw last year, but it all looked very slick, and there were some surprises to be seen.

iphone-in-hands.jpgIs iPhone a closed platform as far as developing applications goes? Not any more. The last announcement at today's Apple WWDC show concerned Apple's upcoming handset, and the way it'll run Web 2.0 apps built to look and behave just like the ones on the iPhone itself.

Developers won't need a software development kit (SDK) to create the apps, and they'll be able to tie into features of the iPhone itself, including voice calls, emails and Google Maps-based location.

My requests: a really rich Facebook app, a streaming music client, and some really slick gaming services please. Get to it developers...

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Remember the unfettered public joy when Apple released its iTunes app for PC? Well, there were street parties round my way, anyway. Well, there's a new reason to break out the bunting: today, Apple announced plans to bring its Safari browser out for Windows XP and Vista.

Safari already has a market share of 5% according to Apple – that's 18 million users – and Steve Jobs was certainly bullish onstage at WWDC today, promising that the Windows version of Safari is twice as fast as Internet Explorer, and 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2.

It'll have Firefox-esque draggable tabs, a built-in RSS reader, and Google and Yahoo goodness built in too. The public beta is available now for PC users, with Mac owners able to get their copy as a free download in October.

Safari 3 public beta

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Those of us who've got used to Macs being a bit undersupported for games (hey, they run Football Manager, what's the problem?) can sleep happily in our beds tonight.

One of the first announcements at tonight's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference was the news that EA is bringing a bunch of its biggest franchises to Mac this July. Say hello to Command & Conquer 3, Battlefield 2142, Need For Speed Carbon, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 and Madden NFL 08. Wot, no FIFA?

Meanwhile, iD Games (y'know, of Doom/Quake fame) is working on a whizzy game engine called Tech 5. Expect crazy amounts of detail and texture goodness, and hordes of Mac gamers shouting about it being a Halo-killer (until Microsoft buys iD and nicks it for Xbox 360, of course).

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All times are BST in reverse chronological order:

1925: Keynote wrapped up. All done.

1924: "This is a very modern application - we think it's going to be awesome" - Steve [MacRumorsLive]

1923: "With all the web services built in, you can build fantastic applications for iPhone" - Scott Forstall [MacRumorsLive]

1920: Tight integration between these custom apps in Safari and native iPhone applications like Address Book and making calls.

1919: Demo of corporate address book database using LDAP.

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