Alex Iskold has an interesting post on the new iPhone SDK. I think that I disagree with Alex’s conclusion:
In a lot of ways, web applications have been playing catch up with Desktop apps. Now, a handheld device has lept forward, years ahead of what is available inside any modern browser. The sheer power of Apple’s graphics, motion and sound APIs just opened the door for things that have not been possible before on the web.
I am not sure I buy that. I think that Mike McCue/Tellme’s vision of ask with voice and receive a simple response will be much more ubiquitous than fancy navigation, sound and graphics. Look at all the applications you are using every day – except for games – very few of them are fancy, mainly because users prefer simplicity.
That said, I think that Apple is wedging their bets: iPhone SDK for games and Webkit Safari for the rest.