Apple has launched a website for prospective iPhone developers. The website, part of the Apple Developer Connection, outlines guidelines and Safari compatibility for iPhone applications.
The company said developers, by using Web 2.0 applications, could make applications that look and behave just like the applications built into iPhone. Building applications this way also provides integration with iPhone applications and services including making a phone call, sending an email, and displaying a location in Google Maps.
The development guidelines provides several topics including theunderstanding of user-iPhone interaction; the use of standards and tried-and-true design practices; the integration of phone, mail, and maps; optimisation for page readability; knowing what Safari supports on iPhone and connect with web developers.
Apple announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference in January that in order to maintain the security of the iPhone, developers would only be given access to building applications through Safari. Developers were ultimately split on the usefulness of developing in this type of interface.