You may not have heard of this "iPhone" thing. It’s somewhat obscure, with a vanishingly small share of the "smart phone" market, and it has an expensive data plan, but it is still useful. And it is even more useful now that Apple has introduced the latest version of the software, one that allows people to write legitimate apps for the device.
While there are lots of things you can do on the iPhone, I thought I’d highlight a few of the more interesting apps for investors. Feel free to add more in comments.
|Bloomberg||Free||A surprisingly well-done app, this is headlines, portfolio tracking, and latest news by ticker, plus a nice graphing tool. Highly recommended.|
|Evernote||Free||You never know when or where you’re going to have that next great idea, so something that collects and syncs those ideas is essential. Also works with a new Windows/Mac big brother.|
|NetNewsWire||Free/$9.95||A rewrite of one of the more popular news readers for the Mac. While RSS et al., may not be your cup of tea, simply have a nice way to scan the latest headlines is awfully useful.|
|Twitterific||Free/$9.95||This is another rewrite of a Mac app, this time of a popular Twitter client. Twitter is sort of like a cross between a trading room squawk box and instant message, and, properly configured, is darn handy for investors — doubly so when you combine it with StockTwits.|
|Texas Hold ‘em||$9.95||No-one can think markets all the time, so why pretend? Many of the smartest traders I know are poker lovers in their spare time, so why not add this nicely-done Texas Hold’em app to your iPhone for those down moments when you’re not in abject Freddie/Fannie fear.|
You can find all these apps on ITunes, or by going to the App Store from any iPhone running the 2.0 version of Apple’s core software.
Feel free to add more to the list, violently disagree, or recite Vogon poetry in the comments.