Lead WordPress developer Matt Mullenweg discussed WordPress’s mobile future at the WordCamp Dallas event on March 29. He said something very interesting which I’ve transcribed from the video of his presentation:
Mobile is really important. Blackberries, iPhones… and other things… are coming. And I’d like that to be in a core cell phone. They were hoping to do it in time for WordCamp and announce it here, but there is a device maker who is working on actually building WordPress into the device, so it’ll come bundled with it — which will be pretty interesting. I can’t say who it is yet, but there’s only a few out there so you can probably guess.
I’m guessing Apple — who else could it be? They already bundled YouTube and Google Maps into the iPhone, so it wouldn’t be too far-fetched for them to integrate WordPress as well. Apple has already incorporated email to take advantage of the iPhone’s full QWERTY software keyboard, so blogging would be a logical next step for them to focus on.
Sure, the iPhone SDK would allow third-party WordPress integration when the iPhone OS 2.0 is released in June, but notice that Matt said it’s the “device maker” (not a third party) who will “bundle” WordPress — I think we’re talking default inclusion here.
And what other device maker besides Apple makes a “core cell phone” that bundles web apps?
This move sounds a lot like Apple: Integrating a brand-name web application into the iPhone (like they did with Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Yahoo! Weather, etc.) instead of focusing on “generic,” brand-less functionality like other smartphone companies would likely do.
And I know this last point is a bit overly analytical here, but since Matt switched from calling it a “cell phone” to calling it a “device,” this implies that this gadget has functionality beyond just being a cell phone. (And of course that just screams iPhone.)
I could tell by Matt’s expression on the video that he was trying to hold in his excitement about this, so even if it’s not the iPhone, it must be something big.
What are your thoughts? Do you think I’m way off? Or do you think WordPress will indeed be coming to the iPhone as a preinstalled blogging app?