Sunday, May 30, 2010

Netflix: Getting App Right For iPhone Very Important

I think thousands of iPhone users who also subscribe to Netlifx are eagerly waiting for Netflix to release an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

As the article from 9-To-5-Mac showed, it will not be so easy. The iPad version was ported to work on the iPhone. Furthermore, you will need a jail-broken iPhone to use it. Given the result, you probably wouldn't want to just yet. At the very least, not with this version.

The iPhoned Netflix app took 25% of the battery life after 15 minutes of viewing, took a lot time to process, and it crashed quite often.

It can inferred perhaps that is why there is no ABC video app for the iPhone either. It will take some work to make it happen. So for conspiracy theorists, sorry to say that Apple is not keeping such apps from us.

I would rather have Netflix, Disney, and others take their time to optimize their apps for the non-iPad devices. And I don't think we will have to wait long with the timing of the next updated iPhone release and iPhone 4 availability.

I can't say with any certainty but I think given the possibility of the new A4 chip (currently used in the iPad), with its processing power and graphics core as well as the unmatched efficiency, powering the next crop of iDevices, apps like Netflix should wok just fine.

We shall have to see. I am curious how the app will work on the 3G and 3GS models. Slingplayer works well enough even on older 2G iPhones, so I think it might be a matter of optimizing the next generation of video-streaming apps for this purpose.

We are less than two weeks from Steve Jobs' keynote at WWDC. We'll know soon enough.

9 To 5 Mac

-- Post From My iPad

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