View Full Version : Developing Websites for the iPhone

03-12-2008, 06:35 PM
Although not really new I found a great article summarizing some common questions about developing websites for the iPhone (http://www.vorsprungdurchwebstandards.de/theory/faq-websites-fuer-das-iphone-gestalten/). The only drawback (for you non-German understanding guys at least) is that itís in German, hehe. :)

What could be interesting for English speaking people, though, are these iPhone simulation applications:

http://www.marketcircle.com/iphoney (for Mac)
http://iphonetester.com/ (online app for Windows users Ė not as good as the Mac application, though :D)

Since the iPhone is becoming more and more popular it might be wise to include that in the list of browsers/devices in which to test the site(s) you are developing. Important to know is that the iPhone is not considering itself a handheld device, hence media="handheld" doesnít work here.

And for a full explanation on what to consider when developing websites for the iPhone look at these two articles:


I hope this proves useful for someone.

03-12-2008, 08:17 PM
I don't own an iPhone, so please excuse me if I sound retarded...

...but isn't the iPhone supposed to view websites in the same way that Safari does on a Mac? I mean, like pretty close if not exactly the same? I thought that was the whole point of the iPhone, that it wasn't a "mobile" version of a website.

In any case, it's good that some websites are popping up to help developers test the site when they (like myself...) don't own iPhones.

03-13-2008, 06:36 AM
...but isn't the iPhone supposed to view websites in the same way that Safari does on a Mac?

It has the same rendering engine, yes, but it's still a much smaller screen, and there are some additional meta tags that can be used that are specific to the iPhone platform.

I'd also recommend the free iPhone SDK for any Mac users. The official iPhone Simulator is substantially better than iPhoney.

03-24-2008, 12:50 PM
great information.. I am interested on iphone and I am also planning to have one but I heard that iphone is not that great compared with a cellphone. Im wondering why? what could be the big difference? they said N series nokia's are great than iphone. as what ive seen iphone has more features. can you advice me on this? many thanks!

03-24-2008, 06:12 PM
I'm of the opinion that my phone only need to perform one function, and that is to make phone calls.

But it is an interesting question developing smaller sites for the iphone and cell phones in general.

Just use tables, I hear they're great.

03-24-2008, 06:27 PM
My wife has an iPhone and loves it. I have a Blackberry Pearl, and find it tolerable.

The UI for the iPhone absolutely beats everything else available on the market, bar none. That's one thing that Apple does extremely well and other phone makers pretty much suck at (namely Motorola). I've never used anything by Nokia, so I can't comment specifically, but what I've heard is that Nokia has phones that have 3G support (which also has a higher battery drain), and higher megapixel cameras in them (iPhone's is 2.0 MP, which is higher than my Blackberry at 1.3 MP).

If you have a Mac (as my wife and I both do), RIM (the makers of Blackberry) hasn't bothered to make any sort of quality software for Mac syncing, so I've had to resort to using the barely-tolerable Missing Sync software.

iPhone definitely has the best web browser in a mobile device. It beats Opera Mini 4.0 by miles (Opera Mini is the best browser that my BB Pearl is capable of running).

Just use tables, I hear they're great.

Heh. :) You're kidding, right?

03-24-2008, 06:44 PM
I got a nokia n95 (http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=nokia+n95+&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi) the battery lifes not bad, but not good, It has quite good memory a 5MP camera, sat nav, file manager a smaller camera on the front for video calls quite loud speaker system for music or the s peaker phone facility, seperate USB, headphone and charger ports. real player, flash player, pdf reader, barcode scanner, wireless keyboard, zipping facility's, quick office (basically spreadsheets, word doc's go mobile), good internet browser,wireless internet connectivity, visual radio, i even have skype and msn messenger on it.

03-24-2008, 10:19 PM
I use my Sony Ericsson W950 for texting and music, and pretty much nothing else bar the obvious phone calls.
I would love to have an iPhone (as I would a Mac, which I WILL get EVENTUALLY...well, fine, in two years. Hey, I don't have a spare £1,200 on me!) but I find the lack of 3G disappointing. I'll wait till they release that and open it up to other networks before getting one.
And yeah, the UI is sexy.
One thing that disturbs me about the iPhone is that it delivers its updates through iTunes. I'll be so disturbed if Windows Update suddenly popped up when using WMP =O