Inspired by Merlin Mann’s list at 43 Folders
SSH – I expect someone will do this shortly. If this phone is running OS X, it is there somewhere to begin with. I want a nice app for this, not a jailbroken command line.
SlingPlayer – Watch my slingbox on my iPhone
Qik – Live video streaming
Traffic Ping – Three buttons to designate current road conditions that gets transmitted over 3G and can be inserted as a layer over Google Maps. Similar to what the dash is doing now, but with one time snapshots.
iTether – Use my iPhone 3G to get a tethered data connection to my laptop.
iLowJack – This would require background services running, but once a day (or every 48 hours or user designated time) prompts me a for a pin. Don’t get the pin right, it transmit the current location to me via email. Might also have an option for a remote wipe of the phone to get rid of personal data. Application checks into a web site every X hours and if “wipe = true” wipes the phone. Obviously, only I should be able to set wipe=true.
iAlert – Location aware program that checks for Alerts in your X mile range. Tornado warnings, severe weather, AMBER alerts, terrorism alerts, traffic warnings, etc. When it notices you are in a new location, it could ask how long you will be there (e.g. I am in Texas for 3 days) and offer an option to push new alerts for that region via SMS for the duration of your trip.
Could also display local news stories by running location aware queries against Google News and returning the results in a nicely formatted RSS feed.
I’d fund this one if there are any iPhone developers out there.
Google Reader – As an application, not a Safari bookmark. Should include device storage of articles for offline reading.
Network Tools – Ping, traceroute, nslookup, whois (maybe a port scanner?) in a nice iPhone application.
SecureID – SecureID passcode generator. I’ve got a dongle for eTrade and one for Paypal. Would be nice to have a software version of this assuming you can address any security concerns.
iHTTPD – Web server for the iPhone. Turn it on and off as needed, but it should include a file upload capability to basically create and web-based network drive capability. Need to grab that file off your phone, turn on the web service and browse to it for download. Lots of ways this one could play out that are useful.
PGP – Send and read PGP encrypted email.
Salling Clicker – Control my computer for slideshows, etc. Apple Remote application on steroids. Would also love to see some of the more advanced features like screen lock when phone goes out of bluetooth range, etc.
Contact send via bluetooth – This was a great feature on the Palm devices. Set one contact as your business card and transmit it to other iPhones via bluetooth.
Flight Tracker – should be easy enough to build of the web based interfaces.