For anyone with a background in programming desktop apps, the iPhone presents some unique challenges. Lacking anything like the Mac OS Finder or the Windows Explorer, the system does not provide a general-purpose technique for displaying a file or a collection of files. There has been no way to deal with files as discrete chunks of interchangeable data, and no way to determine if the device has any other installed apps that could have a use for your app’s data. Furthermore, moving documents back and forth between the iPhone and the desktop has not been easy. Many developers have included a built-in web server in their apps for the sole purpose of letting a web browser on the desktop connect to an iPhone on the same Wi-Fi network and exchange files with it.


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