Apparently they (whoever “they” are) are calling 2008 “The Year of the Mobile Torrent”, and if that’s the case then chances are Apple will undoubtedly be driving that bandwagon (or ambushing it). A “torrent”, as it’s used here, refers to a communications protocol that enables computer users to talk about files. Or, put more familiarly, a torrent is an application that enables people to “do” P2P file-sharing.
Nevertheless, not only does it appear a P2P file-sharing client for the iPhone may be fast on the way, however in fact it’s already here, though currently in a structure considerably inaccessible to many users – but undoubtedly not for long.
No, not absolutely all file-sharing is illegal. In reality, the only real file-sharing that’s against regulations may be the sharing of copyrighted files (like RIAA’s music and Hollywood’s movies – but that’s why we’ve iTunes, right?). For the sharing of all other kinds of files – personal memoirs, diary entries, and travelogues, recipes, photos, YouTube videos, etcetera, etcetera – P2P file-sharing is perfectly legal, and as soon as you know that, you can only expect that such facility for the iPhone is no less than imminent.
Gizmodo was the first ever to report on the innovation, declaring a hacker who passes the name of Core has just created the very first native P2P client for the iPhone. Although the program – based on the popular Mac P2P client – Transmission – remains in the command-line stages (in other words: with a lack of an easy interface that the typical techno-unsavvy consumer can operate), it is nonetheless a groundbreaking step on the way to peer-to-peer file-sharing between iPhones.
The total amount of content worth sharing from iPhone to iPhone will also be stymied until a user-friendly GUI (graphical user interface) is incorporated into the design kickass torrentz torrent. Also a buggy hurdle for would-be users to keep yourself informed of may be the incompatibility between P2P file-sharing in general and EDGE networks – currently the iPhone’s wireless connection of choice. So to be able to utilize this or any torrent on the iPhone, you’ll have to make use of Wi-Fi.
Torrenting – as it’s sometimes called – is also much burden on the iPhone’s battery and so will require the unit be plugged in to ensure that files download completely.
A website search for more information with this subject revealed that several mobile torrents already exist – such as for example SymTorrent and Wizbit for Symbian smartphones and WinMobile Torrent for Windows Mobile Devices – though none (until now) for the iPhone.
Now, there’s a µTorrent MUI for the iPhone (called µPhone) but it doesn’t actually enable you to share files (“yet”, they say); rather it lets iPhone users view the status of active torrents, pause and resume torrents, and type in new URLs to torrent all by way of a PC. In other words, the µPhone torrent MUI acts as a sort of remote control for using µTorrent to talk about files over a PC.