The BBC is launching a trio of apps: an iPlayer app, a news app and a sports results app.
The announcement was made by Erik Huggers, the BBC's head of future media and technology, during a keynote speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
"While we have been in the business of a mobile browser service for about eight-plus years... today we're going to show you a couple of things we're going to be doing in the wonderful world of applications," Huggers told delegates.
The corporation will develop the apps for Apple's iPhone first but intends to be 'platform neutral' — extending to as many smartphone OS platforms and devices as possible over time.
For more on this story, see BBC iPhone apps for iPlayer, sport and news revealed on silicon.com.