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June 12, 2007

Why Safari for Windows?

Safari is the SDK for iPhone.

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Whats the point of an iphone.. no 3G, no use in Australia. Till thats sorted you can have all the web you like, but unless you have the 3G network to run it off the iphone is just a slab of eye candy. Hence leveraging windows developers into the safari sdk will not mean much locally. Maybe different in the US, where according to Steve Jobs there is free wifi all over the country. :)

Posted by: Gary Barber | Jun 12, 2007 10:58:41 AM

There's tons of free (freely available) wifi here in the states. It's all 802.11 b/g open clouds. Not sure about the security of using said wifi for that sort of comprehensive network usage. Email traveling across the ether, logins, passwords, etc. Is there some sort of magical security capability out there I don't know about? I'd want some sort of encrypted wrapper for my communication if it's going to go out over unsecured open networks.

Posted by: Patrick | Jun 12, 2007 11:12:28 AM

gary

its all about wifi - 2/2.5/3G - all yesterday's tech. We'll get there (ironically, someone will end run around the Telstra/G9 duopoly)

802.11 x - its the future!

(I'm sitting on my verandah, blogging, in the sun, using my local wifi network. It's how I connect 95% of the time)

Posted by: John Allsopp | Jun 12, 2007 11:58:24 AM

*cough* sits in garden and replies to john.

I get it. But I just don't see it happening soon in Australia which is extremely sad. In some ways we are ahead, in others Australia is way behind. Free wifi in the CBD would help for a started in all capital cities.

I do agree that the iphone / safari will push phone vendors toward the mobile web. This will be the killer app they are looking for and have yet to find.

Posted by: Gary Barber | Jun 12, 2007 1:57:13 PM

Apple is marketing the iphone at the US, plenty of free wifi, but limited 3/3.5G networks.

In Oz it is different, limited free wifi, but with a 3/3.5G network at least in the major cities. I do a 45km commute on the bus and have internet access all the way at around 0.5Mbps thanks to the 3.5G network.

You also need to look at what is happening around the world both in places like Japan & Korea, as well as China & India. Telcos are beginning to realise that if you have reasonable charges for mobile data people will use it.

Posted by: Nick Cowie | Jun 12, 2007 2:13:27 PM

Safari's WebKit SDK has already been ported & implemented by Nokia on most or all S60 3rd Ed. 'phones.
See
http://opensource.nokia.com/projects/S60browser/
and
http://trac.webkit.org/projects/webkit/wiki/S60Webkit
and
http://www.s60.com/business/productinfo/builtinapplications/webrowser/techinfo

So why not Windows? The additional exposure will benefit WebKit & Safari.

Posted by: Julian de Saxe | Jul 16, 2007 1:51:45 PM