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May 11, 2008

Arabic iPhone localization released

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 12:18 pm

Five months ago I blogged about Arabic localization attempts for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Unfortunately just like “iPhone4arab“, iFone4arab also stopped updating his site, and that was before Macworld and the iPhone SDK event. For me, screenshots and videos are not enough, and so I still consider this Vaporware. Vaporware is according to Wikipedia: Vaporware is a software or hardware product which is announced by a developer well in advance of release, but which then fails to emerge, either with or without a protracted development cycle.

I don’t have to comment about iPhone4arab which promised Arab localization for the iPhone which was as far as I’m concerned is Vaporware. And claimed that he invented a method to unlock the iPhone while all he did was implement the iPhone Dev Team’s work.

The only people who are working hard on the Arabic localization for the iPhone as far as I’m concerned are the good people at iPhoneIslam. iTarek have been releasing Arabic character viewer for the iPhone for a few months now. And now they – with the help of a programmed named Waleed – released the application Arabtaller that includes full Arabic keyboard for the iPhone. I consider this the first and only Arabic keyboard for the iPhone. You can install it through the Installer.app and you can find the steps on iPhoneIslam’s site.

Thanks to Waiel at SaudiMac for the info.