A post on the Wired blog reports that Apple's recently approved patent for the iPhone interface hints that videoconferencing may be coming to the iPhone. Apparently the patent specifies a lens that can be rotated backward or forward, with the touchscreen being used as the viewfinder. The blog post includes a schematic image from the patent application and relevant text related to the videoconferencing feature.
Google's Gmail (both POP and IMAP) is quite popular on the iPhone, and now their suite also includes Gmail Tasks. To access Gmail Tasks via your iPhone, point Safari at gmail.com/tasks. According to this Overview, the mobile version has been optimized for iPhone, so it's pretty snappy.
One of the big shortcomings of the iPhone has been the inability to play online video and animation that uses Flash technology. According to a report on Bloomberg, Flash may be on its way. The report is ambiguous, but Adobe's CEO clearly indicates that Apple and Adobe are collaborating to develop a version for the iPhone. So what's been the holdup?
Bank of America claims to be the leading mobile banking service, with more than 1.8 million people accessing it via their mobile devices. The Bank of America iPhone app lets you do all your banking via your iPhone or iPod Touch.
The range of apps in the 15,000 available on iTunes is astonishing. I've covered Ocarina, a 99-cent let's you play your iPhone like a flute. Who would have thought it?
Unlike Windows Mobile devices, the iPhone doesn't have any built-in software for viewing and editing documents, such as Word and Excel files. However, applications are beginning to appear that help fill this void. Soonr - Your Mobile Cloud, released earlier this month, lets you view over 40 different file types on your device, including images and documents.
Slacker is a free interactive Internet radio service that allows you to create your own customized music stations starting with either Slacker’s preset stations or your own custom built stations. It has some similarities to Pandora.
Let's hope that you never have to use RepairPal. But you really ought to have it on your iPhone just in case. If you're out and about and your car breaks down, you'll need this app. This free application gives you information ranging from diagnosing a problem, estimating a fair repair price, and finding the right mechanic to do the work.
Released just hours before Obama's inauguration, Ustream is an application for viewing live and recorded video, as well as offering interactive chat functionality. (Within hours it had been downloaded nearly 300 times.) Unfortunately, it requires a Wi-Fi connection. All of the content is hosted on Ustream's web site, and the app requires that you set up a login.
Drawing applications for the iPhone include Brushes and NetSketch. The Telegraph in the U.K. has posted a gallery of images created on the iPhone.