updated 11:40 am EST, Thu December 6, 2007
iPhone MMS, barcodes
Two new native applications for the iPhone promise to open up the abilities of the device. A member of ModMyiFone has devised an MMS application, which will finally let users send photos to other phones without e-mailing them. Users simply enter a title and the receiver's phone number, and then select an image from the list of files found. As the app is only at v0.1, there are some notable limitations; it cannot for instance receive MMS messages, nor can it send out video or accompanying text. Likewise, users must jailbreak their iPhones to install it, and manually enter their carrier's MMSC settings.
More esoteric is Sergey Odinokov's iMatrix, which exploits the iPhone's camera to automatically detect barcodes and execute commands. Users create codes on the iMatrix website; once this is done, friends with iMatrix need only take a photo of a barcode to launch maps or websites, or alternately create entries in Calendar or Contacts. It is suggested that this could also be used for commercial purposes, such as electronic coupons and event tickets.