iPhone technical information leaked

iPhoneWith the official launch of the iPhone drawing inexorably closer, it must be inevitably that new leaks of various technical information on it start appearing.

I thought that some of these details pertaining to the underlying systems and software might be of interest, seeing that Apple has at least expressed interest to position the iPhone in the enterprise space (though skeptics abound on this: Insecure iPhone gets cold shoulder in corporate IT).

Anyway, this time round, it appears that someone from the University of Washington's emerging technology team posted a blog entry gleaned from an iPhone session at the WWDC. According to Computer World:

  • No support for Flash, Adobe's multimedia Web content format
  • No Java
  • JavaScript runtime limited to five seconds
  • QuickTime used for audio and video
  • A maximum of eight documents loaded in Safari on the iPhone
  • Links to video on a Web page take users directly to full-screen playback
  • Support for PDF through Apple's own DisplayPDF code, not Adobe
  • Multiple gestures automatically available to Web sites viewed through iPhone without any additional coding, and include pinching content to shrink, double-tapping to zoom and two-fingered scrolling.

The blog entry has since disappeared, and in its place was a message that reads, "The topics you are looking for have been deleted."

The director of emerging technology at the school, Oren Sreebny, said that it wasn't Apple that called for the deletion so much as someone pointing out it was probably in violation of a nondisclosure agreement. Hence, the university removed it voluntarily.

In fact, with all the hype and media frenzy with the iPhone, it would be interesting to see what stand the folks down at Tech News take on this:

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

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