iChat for iPhone - iPhone Web 2.0 Applications Are Taking Off

iChat is one of the first Web 2.0 applications for iPhone. iChat is a chat application that allows you to log in to your AOL IM account.

iChat is a new application and as expected there are some limitations and known issues. It doesn't support groups, buddy icons and more than four simultaneous conversations. Another issue (which has quite surprised me) is that it works in Firefox and Safari but not in the Internet Explorer.

The only drawback of iChat is that the user data passes through the developer server. While the developer claims that no data is harvested, still it’s of a bit concern to provide your account details.

All in all, this is one of the earliest iPhone Web 2.0 applications and I believe we'll see many others as well.

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Web 2.0 Coming to the Mobile World

Web 2.0 applications running in our browsers is not a new story, however Web 2.0 apps in a mobile phone is definitely something new. Apple announced that their iPhone will be Web 2.0 enabled. Moreover, the company claims that the Web 2.0 applications created for iPhone will look and behave like built-in applications. Further, the Web 2.0 applications created for iPhone will have access to iPhone's internal services and all this will come at no cost of compromising the phone's reliability or security.

Think for a minute about all advantages that web applications have and now think about having the power of Web 2.0 apps in a mobile phone. Apple is offering something really innovative. We can safely assume that the only limit of iPhone applications will be the fantasy of a developer.

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