People everywhere are carrying around a clunky cellphone -- its face dirtied with fingerprints, its battery irreplacable -- and tying themselves into multi-year, possibly-monopolistic agreements with AT&T, simply to be part of the iPhone craze. A craze that is due in large part to the very successful iPhone App Store.
The App Store, for those who dwell under rocks, is a brickless, mortarless store for iPhone users, accessible via iTunes, which sells thousands of applications for the iPhone, each of which leverages some or all of its technology, including its touch interface, GPS, accelerometer, and 3D positional audio.
Call it evil, if you will. Call it an extension of Steve Jobs's dictatorial stranglehold on consumers. You're probably right. But it's undeniable that the App Store is becoming the candy store for the Digital Age (as opposed to the Fructose Age).
But we KNOW there could be more of these apps. Better ones. And we've been watching you (uh, nice hat?), and we're pretty certain you're sitting on a fantastically grand idea for an iPhone application that would imminently change all of our lives for the better.
That's why Internet Evolution is asking you to come up with the best idea ever for a new iPhone application.
The rules are pretty simple: We just want you to come up with the coolest idea in the history of the world for a new iPhone app, and tell us about it on the boards below. What's it called? What's its function? How does it work? We're not asking for any software code or anything exceedingly geeky. We just want you to tell us about your app and why it would make the App Store, and our lives, infinitely better.
We, the Internet Evolution editorial overlords, will pick our favorite, with the assistance of everyone's favorite mobile maven, Alan Reiter, who has agreed to help us scour the suggested app ideas.
We'll wrap this up on Friday, February 27, 2009, at 11:59 p.m. ET, and announce our favorite app idea in an editor's blog the following Tuesday, March 2, 2009. Excitement will ensue. Some people might hug. It'll be great.
So tell us your ideas NOW... before someone sadistic steals them and leaves you with nothing but a bucket of tears and a lifetime of regrets.
Oh, and good luck!
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ó Nicole Ferraro, Site Editor, Internet Evolution