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As promised, I wanted to give you a preview of the iPhone Siddur application. I got it running on my phone, to test it. The icon was designed by our design and looks like this:

Preview of iPhone Siddur

We need to make the “S” capital.

When you load it up by clicking on the icon, it defaults to the actual prayers. You can select the sect (only two right now):

Preview of iPhone Siddur

Clicking deeper will then give you the actual options, morning, afternoon, evening, generic brachot, etc and then this is what an actual text looks like:

Preview of iPhone Siddur

Yes, you can expand it by using the touch expand feature and you can change to landscape view.

That is all pretty standard stuff. The cool stuff I demo later, but here is a hint:

Preview of iPhone Siddur

Siddur is what I showed above. Clicking on “Zmanim” will automatically figure out your location using the GPS tools. It will then figure out the various times you are allowed to say the specific prayers (earliest tallis, earliest teffila, mincha, etc.), automatically. And the “Mizrach” option is basically a compass, it will tell you which way is Jerusalem, so you know which way you should pray. That will come in handy when I go to conferences and I have no idea which way to stand.

I’ll be showing off more previews soon, I hope.

Oh, I have a few more features in mind – that I won’t be telling you just yet. But they will make this application a must have for all Jewish orthodox iPhone users.

Website Comments

  1. Brother-in-Law

    Ok, this is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. It’s not going to make me go out and get an iPhone, but it is really amazing.

    Great Job!

  2. Barry Schwartz

    I think so. We are putting in a serious amount of work in this. So far, it has been a week and a half of development time.

    I’m thinking $9.99.

  3. Paul

    When do you think you’ll have it ready? I know a bunch of other people will be coming out with something similar so you’ll want to be first on the block.

    I was using my Treo for the last 5 years (with Penticon Luach and Esh Siddur) and found those indespensible. Hopefully you’ll incorporate all of their features in your software. $9.99 is a reasonable price and I’m sure you’ll sell thousands of downloads. Good luck.

    By the way, you should make the Ashkenaz/Sefard and option. I wouldn’t want to have to enter that in every single time I used the phone. It’s the kind of thing you set once and that’s it It would slow down my use every single time.


  4. Barry Schwartz

    We are working as fast as we can. We can launch the siddur right now. The zmanim is being worked on now. I don’t want to launch just with the siddur… Or maybe ill launch a lite version with just siddur?

  5. Sarit

    Will you be able to use the app to find a minyan? Basically 9 other men the GPS can tell are close to you and all mark themselves as looking for a minyan.

  6. Michael

    Hi There
    Great Job, for sure!
    However do you know if a Sephardi Nusach will be set ? At what price ?

    Toda !

  7. Michael

    Sorry, excuse my french.
    I meant “available”.
    As I noticed a Sfard and Ashkenazi but not a Sephardi.

    Kol Touv

  8. Jerry Fensterstock

    This would be one stop shopping for me if you could integrate the functions of Luach (from Penticon) and a Daf Yomi calendar. I’ll be on the lookout for this.

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