I don't know how true or untrue this rumor is; personally, I'm leaning against it. However, it's prudent to mention some recent events around SproutCore, the JavaScript framework Apple uses to write the MobileMe web apps and the MobileMe Web Gallery.

Apple has recently made a large commit to the SproutCore project on GitHub, which was stuck getting clearance from Apple's higher-ups for awhile. Here's a post from Charles Jolley briefly talking about their 1.0 march, dated 12/5/2008.

I haven't personally taken a look at what the changes in Bitburger (the name of Apple's branch) entail, so I'm not sure they're more geared towards developing an application like anything in iWork. Just food for thought.

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Google's iPhone app has some hidden features. The coolest of all is the live waveform while speaking into the microphone, although the most useful is the ability to open links from within the app itself.

The UI they use to enable the more advanced features is pretty intuitive, too. Just keep scrolling up, and the "Bells and Whistles" row will eventually appear.


Or at least Sun would have us believe.

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