It was over a year ago when I commented on the shortcomings of the iPhone as a business tool on this blog. Since then, that post got the most reader comments I ever got here... Lately, we're inundated daily with user requests for WorldMate Live on their iPhone. And certainly - the iPhone SDK and the iPhone 3G are not to be ignored.
However, there are significant issues still. The iPhone SDK does not allow an application to update information in the background - e.g. the Auto-update functionality of WorldMate / WorldMate Live. It does not include a robust push mechanism yet, or allow us to build our own - enabling the pushed flight alerts, trip reminders and welcome messages which put the "Live" in WorldMate Live. And the iTunes App Store model is not a great match for our distribution philosophy.
So will iPhone users get WorldMate Live? Well, we'll do whatever we can. At the same time - if you want it on your iPhone, we should jointly petition Apple to enable us to do those things. I am thinking of putting up an online petition for Apple to open these APIs for us. If you're a supporter - comment here. I promise that if we get 10 people commenting, we'll post an online petition.