If you haven't been living under the proverbial rock, you probably already know the hype surrounding Apple's iPhone has built up quite a bit over the last few weeks. It seems like every news site has something to add to the iPhone fray, and certainly, as a technology site, you can get a lot of information here at CNET. Since today is the big launch for the iPhone, I might as well give all of you a couple more things to get excited about.
First off, I've scouted out a bunch of iPhone apps and added them to a brand-new iPhone Approll blog here at CNET. At the iPhone Approll, you will find iPhone news and several iPhone apps with brief descriptions of what some of these programs will be able to do. We also managed to bring the apps to life in a little window so you can play with some of each app's features. Consider yourself forewarned, these apps are very new (the iPhone isn't even out yet!) so any buggy behavior is to be expected. But at least you will be able to get an idea of what sort of apps are available using your Safari or Firefox browser (yes, Windows too!).
If you really want to kick your iPhone envy into high gear, I also found a little app called iPhoney (Mac only), which you can download to your Mac. This app provides a pixel-perfect representation of the iPhone's screen, so you can point iPhoney to the URLs of the aforementioned apps and test them out. One thing you'll notice right away is that the iPhone shows up much bigger on your screen. This is because the iPhone resolution is higher than most monitors, so in order to show a pixel-perfect rendering it needed to be bigger. Of course, iPhoney is not a fully usable iPhone and doesn't offer all the bells and whistles you see in the iPhone commercials; iPhoney is more of a developer's tool so they can build apps that fit the iPhone's screen and get a feel for the device. You also won't have any of the touch-sensitive scrolling that's featured on the iPhone, but regular browsing sliders do the trick fairly nicely.
I suppose I could say more about Apple's ground-breaking device, but maybe we should just wait for it to hit the stores this evening. I'm sure there will be plenty to read about the iPhone in the coming weeks!