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Safari: The iPhone platform, and the platform period

Safari: The iPhone platform, and the platform period

As reported separately, Apple is encouraging developers who want to create iPhone applications to simply write Web applications (served through Internet and perhaps also stored locally on the iPhone). As also reported on our sister site MacFixIt, Safari is now available for Windows.So, it looks like Safari is now the platform on which iPhone development will take place. In fact, analyzing the situation further, Safari may be a new platform in and of itself. By controlling the Safari code-base and the standards it supports, Apple can in effect build its now OS-agnostic browser into a full-blown platform with the ability to serve powerful applications to every user of Mac OS X, Windows, and the iPhone.What do you think? Is Safari's Apple's newest platform?