iPhone Apps On Your Desktop

Apple should let users purchase iPhone apps and run them on their desktop similar to Dashboard widgets.

You should be able to purchase through iTunes just like users do already and then be able to run them on your iPhone, iPod touch, or on your desktop. Apple already has the technology to do this on x86 based Macs already (proof being the iPhone Simulator). By doing so they would open up the market to a wider set of users who don’t use iPhones but wouldn’t mind some addictive games/utilities and other toys. Most of the applications would actually translate very well. The presentation could be similar to that of the Dashboard Widgets. Same size, same functionality. Controlled via a mouse. Gestures would be slightly more difficult to handle but could be managed with an appropriate human inteface API.

Bonus points if they copied the Kindle’s iPhone app’s sync ability so that developers could let their applications stay in sync via WiFi or MobileMe (remotely). Keep your high scores intact between your phone and your computer.

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2 Responses to “iPhone Apps On Your Desktop”

  1. Jan says:

    I agree. I love some of my apps, but it’s still easier to type on a computer, or for friends who don’t have an iphone, but have a mac. They could enjoy them, too.

    I’m not a developer, so I wonder how difficult it would be to develop a widget and an app.

  2. Yes! Great idea. I wish this were the case as I’d love to use the NPR app on both. In fact I think I’d use it more on the desktop.

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