If you heard the rumor about Citrix creating an ICA client for the iPhone, perhaps you thought it was pie in the sky, vaporware, or a marketing gimmick. Well, if you did, it looks like you might have been proven wrong. On the official Citrix blog site, the company is talking about Project Braeburn.
Gus Pinto, the product architect, says that Citrix is indeed building an ICA client for the iPhone, but that's not all. "We're not just building an ICA client for another mobile platform, we're redefining the mobile experience for Citrix users, we're building a Citrix Receiver for the iPhone."
Pinto said, "Our goal in delivering a Citrix Receiver to an iPhone is to ensure a completely seamless transition from personal to enterprise, all in one device. Virtually millions business critical application run today on Citrix XenApp, and soon enough all of them will be at your fingertips in an iPhone near you."
The designers and developers on the project are working closely with Apple and following the same guidelines every other native iPhone app follows in order to provide a smooth experience to its users.
Pinto added that the Citrix Receiver for iPhone will "not only look and feel native to this platform but it will leverage many of the software and hardware advancements incorporated into this ingenious device. Expect a rich combination of multi-touch gestures, great usage of the iPhone's accelerometer and many more."
No definite release dates have been disclosed, however, Citrix is saying that the first edition of the Citrix Receiver will be released to the App Store within the first half of 2009.
In the mean time, check out their Citrix iPhone Community.