Apple is assembling a directory of officially-approved iPhone applications.

The directory will be similar to directories the company already offers which detail Dashboard widgets and full-blown applications for the Mac.

The company has reportedly been speaking to web-based iPhone application developers to request screenshots, icons, web addresses and descriptions of their applications.

The move should also bring iPhone users and web-application developers closer together, consolidating the current iPhone development market while Apple figures how to enable true application development for the device.

Apple Insider speculates Apple may even add an icon to the iPhone which lets users navigate directly to the iPhone web apps website.