Six Apart plans native TypePad app for iPhone

Now that Apple has finally sanctioned the development of third party applications for the iPhone, Six Apart has announced that it intends to create a native version of its TypePad blogging platform.

Though TypePad is already available via an iPhone-optimised web site, a native application has the potential to run even more efficiently and further utilise the unique features of the iPhone.

“Our users are already embracing mobile blogging and the advanced capabilities of smartphones,” said Stephane Delbecque, mobile product manager of Six Apart, Ltd. “Providing a mobile option for our customers has always been a priority and we will continue to develop applications as the mobile market and our customers’ needs grow.”

Six Apart already supports over 80% of the smartphone market, thanks to software offerings for mobile operating systems including Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, and Palm OS.

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It’s not clear from the initial press release when a prototype may be available, and whether there’ll be a charge for the service. Apple has stated that applications will be available via a special section in the iTunes Store from June this year. They’ll take 30% of any revenue generated from the sale of priced applications.

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  • Interesting “reverse angle” to this, Barbara. The iPhone version of the TypePad blogging platform will enable mobile users to blog whilst mobile, as in writing and editing posts, moderating comments, etc.

    Ensuring that the blog itself can be used effectively on a mobile device is another matter. The iPhone should handle most blogs fairly well, given its fairly advanced web browser, but some other mobiles may struggle, even with sites that seem simple when viewed on a desktop browser.

    Creating simplified pages for mobile / low bandwidth consumption shouldn’t be too hard, what with blogging platforms generally keeping content and style separate.

  • This will be great for iPhone users. I have been looking for a native application to use to make posts to my WordPress sites for some time.

    I know that other bloggers will find this software useful also. The SDK is going to open a lot of doors to the iPhone.

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