updated 09:55 am EDT, Wed August 15, 2007
Facebook on iPhone
Two major companies have launched new Web areas designed specifically for Apple's iPhone. Facebook, the ubiquitous social networking site, now now has an iPhone-specific version with a suitably-designed interface. Buttons are larger, and the interface "slides" in keeping with the style of other iPhone apps. In some regards the new version may be easier to use than the standard site, as essential functions like Profile and the Inbox are located on quick-access tabs. A counter shows the number of new messages received.
Publisher HarperCollins, meanwhile, has debuted a preliminary test of a book-browsing site, which lets users read the first 10 pages of the first and second chapters of available titles. If users like what they see, they can then buy a book directly from their iPhone, or put it on pre-order if it has yet to ship. Some titles featured in the preview include "Now and Forever" by Ray Bradbury, "Beyond the Body Farm" by Bill Bass, and "The Art of Power" by Thich Nhat Hanh.