"You wake up and checkyour email on your bedside iPad — that’s one app. During breakfast you browse Facebook, Twitter, and The New York Times — three more apps. On the way to the office, you listen to a podcast on your smartphone. Another app. At work, you scroll through RSS feeds in a reader and have Skype and IM conversations. More apps. At the end of the day, you come home, make dinner while listening to Pandora, play some games on Xbox Live, and watch a movie on Netflix’s streaming service.
Over the past few years, one of the most important shifts in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open Web to semiclosed platforms that use the Internet for transport but not the browser for display. It’s driven primarily by the rise of the iPhone model of mobile computing, and it’s a world Google can’t crawl, one where HTML doesn’t rule. And it’s the world that consumers are increasingly choosing, not because they’re rejecting the idea of the Web but because these dedicated platforms often just work better or fit better into their lives (the screen comes to them, they don’t have to go to the screen)."
Its true, that iPhone have changed the way I access the Internet. I no longer frequently use the iPhone Safari browser to surf the Net. Every morning I will open up my Tweetdeck to check all the Tweets and news feeds from iPad and iPhone fans. Sometimes, I will use the Facebook app or the Four Square app to update my status and reply comments.
If I have to check the song played on radio, I will just use the SoundHound app which will search the Music database and provide me with the Lyrics and also its related Youtube information.
In fact most the applications found in the App Store are somehow linked to Internet. Its intriguing to see how Apple have transformed the users who used to access the web the traditional way using a Web browser to accessing the Internet via the "Internet-based apps".