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Java on the iPhone?

No one can predict how Java applications will be on the iPhone; will Apple even allow the JVM to exist?

Christopher Humphries' Blog

Sun is planning on releasing a JVM version for the iPhone - apparently the plan is to first include Java ME with multi-touch interface support, with rumors of Java SE support coming later (mentioned on Mac rumor sites).

I personally think this is an amazing idea. I think the iPhone is a great platform for the future of mobile computing, and developers should be free to develop applications for the world in Java.

This will open up a big market for the iPhone for not just games, yet also many applications for business. Many existing applications can be ported over and allow for better adoption with not just Apple geeks, yet for business people.

Other than the lack of keyboard, I believe this is what’s holding back the iPhone. It needs to be able to do all the things the Blackberry can do for a business person. At the end of the day, work needs to get done. No matter how fancy an interface or how easy it is to use, nothing else matters as much as that.

While there are many that still carry the Java FUD machine around wherever Java is mentioned, no one can predict how Java applications will be on the iPhone. I believe that it depends on the application. We will just have to wait and see what comes of it.

  • Will Apple even allow the JVM to exist?
  • If the JVM is allowed, will things like Ruby on the JVM come next for quick application development?

There are so many questions and it’s very exciting to think about. Only time will tell if the right choices get made or will Apple vendor lock the device and keep its precious iPhone all to itself…

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Christopher Humphries is a software developer. Currently he works for BurstNET Technologies, Inc. He has worked for DevIS and Pointone in the past, as well as some other companies and consulting contracts. Hkis current techy passions right now are Catalyst, Perl and Mac - he's currently working on writing a Perl book.

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