In a few hours Apple will hold a “special event”. The event will be focused on the iPhone SDK, and will provide us with a roadmap for Apple’s plans for 3rd party Apps on the iPhone.
I have a few ideas about what to expect, but nothing beyond speculation and educated guessing. Here’s what I think we might see.
1. iTunes Distribution for Applications – I think at this point this is a given, and will be the only legal way to get applications onto your iPhone. Will it provide crippling limitations for the apps? I hope not, but we’ll see.
2. iPhone SDK Beta Release – I don’t think Apple is finished with the SDK, and the continuing online rumors seem to back that up (but you know how that can be). I do expect to see SOMETHING released today that developers can work with…a beta with a full release at WWDC seems likely.
3. iChat for iPhone – It may be wishful thinking on my part, but I think we’ll see something in the way of purchasable apps today, and I still feel that Apple will eventually add IM to the iPhone – hopefully today’s the day.
4. Silverlight for iPhone – Especially with Jobs downplaying Flash’s importance in the last few days, and Microsoft trying so hard to push its new flash-esq web media player (even recently stating that it will be coming to “anything with an SDK”), it seems very likely that Silverlight will make its way to the iPhone.
That’s what I think we might see.
What about you?