iPhone

The iPhone is an multimedia smartphone. It was the first popular smartphone with multi-touch features. It has a camera, a portable media player(equivalent to the video IPod), a browser that is far superior to any other on mobile devices and wi-fi capabilties. It was first released in the US on June 29, 2007. Currently, the iPhone platform is at version 3.0.(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iphone)

Licensing

Apple has a developer SDK to develop applications for the iPhone that also includes a simulator. Developers can develop applications using this SDK. However, they can distribute applications only after paying a Apple Developer Connection membership fee.

Sponsorship and Financials

Apple controls the entire infrastructure for the iPhone. There is an app store for the iPhone that is integrated with iTunes. Over a billion apps have been downloaded from the iPhone app store.

Community

Apple provides a developer SDK and a simulator for developing iPhone applications. There are also developer forums for app development.

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Market Penetration

The iPhone has been a game changer in the smartphone market. Over 7 million iPhones have been sold worldwide since its launch in 2007. It is available on a large number of carriers worldwide.

Support and Infrastructure

The iPhone app store is fairly well baked and provides an excellent platform for developers to launch their applications.

Quality

The iPhone has become the standard for interaction with a phone. The multi-touch screen coupled with the software on the phone have created new idioms for users that have been very easy to adopt.

Portability

Applications written for the iPhone only work on the iPhone.

Useful links

http://devforums.apple.com - Official Apple development forum. Requires login id/password for access
http://developer.apple.com/iphone/ - Apple developer resources. Includes technical resources like programming guide, guidelines for developing iPhone apps and creating one's first iPhone application
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3630 - Document detailing capabilities offered by various iPhone models

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