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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Android Losing Developer Share to iOS

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:58 PM

"The second-generation Apple tablet and the arrival of a CDMA version of iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network together worked like magic to re-new interest in the iOS platform."

So even though there are reports of unhappy developers, iOS continues to be the platform that developers are using. Android lost about 8% in developer support from Q1 to Q2, dropping from 36% to 28% according to the survey. Interesting that we are seeing these developments after the Verizon iPhone arrival, so perhaps the huge numbers that Android was able to achieve prior were just because no one wanted to go to AT&T and would rather go Android. Now that they have a choice, they appear to be moving to iOS, at least the developers are seeming to move that way. What are your thoughts?

Monday, June 27, 2011

RIM Losing Developers to iOS

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:30 PM

"All that's left for BlackBerry-maker RIM is to rearrange the deck chairs. After losing its smartphone market, its smartphone subscribers, and Wall Street, the Waterloo, Ontario handset company now sees its developers manning the lifeboats headed for Apple's iOS. Coders say they're tired of inconsistent interfaces and applications that just won't work."

From the sounds of the article, coding for RIM sounds like a nightmare. Then again, I'm no coder and have no idea the difference in coding for three input controls versus the home button and touchscreen of the iOS devices. That doesn't appear to be the only thing that is attractive with iOS though, as they seem to make it simple with the "least amount of minefields" for programmers according to those interviewed. Even if you discount the article due to the small number of developers interviewed (three), you can't discount the disparity in the number of apps for each device, 35,000 for Rim's Blackberry versus 425,000 that are in the iOS App store. Makes you wonder how long RIM is going to be able to keep afloat doesn't it?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

WWDC Survey from Piper Jaffray and the Results Are Interesting to Say the Least

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"A new survey of attendees at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference found that nearly half of iOS developers attending the conference support Android, while just 7 percent write applications for the Mac."

Interesting survey to say the least, done by Piper Jaffray at the WWDC last week and released Monday. 45 developers were polled about a variety of topics. One interesting tidbit, while 47% of them also write for the Android platform, they prefer the monetization and ease of development via the Apple way versus how Google handles it. This comes on the heels of another survey that shows of all developers, 67% write for Android while 59% write for iOS. Both are up over last years survey by roughly 10%. That is a lot of growth, and while Android is outpacing iOS, they also found that iOS users are more likely to purchase apps.

Granted, these are developers that all develop for iOS, but 51% of them also said that they saw greater potential for growth from iOS than Android. If you were to ask the 47% who write for Android however, 66% of them say Android has the higher potential. These are all just opinions of course, but educated ones from people that have been in the application business so you can't just write off what they say. I think the biggest point of all of this is that only 7% actually are writing for Mac. What do you think that is saying for the Mac platform?

Apple Jumps Into the Lodsys Lawsuit Fray

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 02:00 AM

"There's been a lot of movement on the Lodsys front this week, though it's largely been flying under the radar thanks to WWDC. Florian Mueller of Fosspatents, however, has done a stellar job of keeping us up to speed with the latest developments - namely an action to invalidate Lodsys' patent portfolio and Apple attempting to intervene as a party to Lodsys' suit against 7 iOS developers."

Basically Apple is saying since the developers work under a license from Apple, and Apple has an agreement with Lodsys, that Apple should be allowed to be involved in this suit. I'm sure that the developers are hopeful it will be allowed, since Apple obviously has some deep pockets and can battle this patent troll more effectively than they ever could. This will be an interesting one to watch, although it certainly is complicated.

Friday, June 10, 2011

In New Survey Developers Pick Android Over iPhone

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android News" @ 10:00 AM

"A new survey from Vision Mobile and Bluevia finds that Android is the most popular mobile platform amongst developers, with 67 percent of mobile developers indicating they're developing for Android in 2011-that's an 8 percent improvement over 2010."

We have a winner, folks! A new survey just released from Vision Mobile and Bluevia found that Android is the most popular platform for developers! But not far behind is development for iPhone. Does this mean that Android is slated to be the market leader in years to come?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

iOS App to Help You Navigate WWDC 2011

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 04:00 PM

"Apple has released an iOS app regarding next week's Worldwide Developer Conference and released the official schedule."

You have to be registered as a developer with Apple to get the app [link], but why wouldn't you be anyway if you planned on attending? You can also find out more about WWDC 2011, such as the schedule, on the developer page here.

Tags: developer, help, wwdc, 2011, ios

Thursday, July 22, 2010

HTML5 Demand Increases Over 400%

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Demand for HTML5 skills among developers is soaring, according to a new report released today by DoNanza, a search engine that aggregates project postings from online freelance jobs markets like Elance and oDesk."

Just how big of a demand is there? Well, according to the report done by, in Q2 2010 there was a 474% increase in the demand for HTML5 developers. How was Flash faring in the same report? Down 24%. But to put it in perspective, there were 11 times as many Flash projects posted as there were HTML5 projects. It's an interesting report nonetheless.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

iTunes Connect App for Developers Available Now

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:26 PM

"The iTunes Connect Mobile (iTC Mobile) app for iPhone allows you to review your sales and related trends, and make informed business decisions while you're on the go."

And now you can get it from iTunes, free of charge [link].

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"I was born to create apps!"

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"Here's something that will either warm your heart or make you gag, depending how you feel about Apple's penchant for self-congratulatory schmaltz."

Makes you want to go get that developer's kit doesn't it? They even work in a not so subtle jab at Android by saying it's nice to be working on a platform that is mature and not something "invented two years ago."

Monday, June 14, 2010

iOS 4 App Submissions Now Being Accepted by Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:00 AM

"Developers have had access to iPhone OS iOS 4.0 for a couple months to prepare their apps and help Apple squash bugs. Now, with less than two weeks to go until iOS 4.0 is released to the public on June 21, Apple is allowing developers to submit their updated apps."

Developers have had iOS 4 in hand for months, but now they have official requests to submit their apps for approval, before the official release on June 21st of iOS 4 to the public. Then three short days later, well, you know what happens.

Friday, June 11, 2010

iTunes Connect Mobile Released for Developers

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:00 AM

"Apple today released a new App Store application called iTunes Connect Mobile, designed to help developers access sales data for their applications distributed through the App Store."

According to Apple, "the iTunes Connect Mobile application allows developers to access their sales and trend data from iTunes Connect. You can now view your daily and weekly sales data related to updates, paid and free apps as well as In-App purchases. Whether at the office, at home or on the go, iTunes Connect Mobile keeps you informed about your sales numbers right on your iPhone or iPod touch." There ya go!

Monday, May 10, 2010

2010 WWDC Sold Out

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"If you were planning on attending WWDC 2010 but have yet to buy your ticket, I hope you don't take disappointment too hard. Despite an April 28 announcement-just six weeks before the conference-Apple's WWDC has sold out for the third year in a row."

It only took them 8 days to sell out this year, the 3rd year in a row it has happened. Wonder when they are going to get the attention of scalpers?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

WWDC Set for June 7th in San Francisco

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2010 will start on June 7 in San Francisco. Five days of endless code orgies and hands-on sessions for iPhone OS 4 and Mac OS X. No word on any possible Steve Jobs' keynote yet."

What kind of a WWDC would it be without Steve Jobs? You can find more info about this conference at Apple's WWDC page.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

iPhone OS 4 Latest Beta Released

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"After Apple formally announces a new version of iPhone OS and gotten it into the hands of developers, they tend to follow up with minor releases every 2 weeks or so. With iPhone OS 4 having been announced 12 days ago, it seemed like a new Beta couldn't be far off - and sure enough, iPhone OS 4 Beta 2 just shipped."

From the article a few new things such as "EventKit, an API which lets applications plug events into your Calendars (like Facebook automatically throwing in all of your friend's birthdays), and Quick Look, which seems to provide apps with a means to allow for users to preview certain file types (iWork, Office docs, RTF, PDF, images, and CSV files) without launching into another app. The latter has to be plugged into apps manually, so don't expect it to work universally right off the bat." If all holds true to form another one should be out in a few weeks.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

iPhone Developer Conference in Seattle April 24th Through 25th

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:00 AM

"The Pearson Education's Voices That Matter Conference series will be holding their second iPhone Developers Conference on April 24-25 in Seattle."

The conference, put on by Voices That Matter, has a listed price of $695.00 USD, however TUAW has a special pricing code so if you use PHNTUAW when you register you get $150.00 USD off. You can find more about this and other conferences at the Voices That Matter website.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Apple Drops Developer Program Price

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"The fee to become an Apple Mac developer dropped significantly Thursday to $99. According to Apple the new low cost of membership is in response to the success of the iPhone Developer Program (also $99 per year) and the potential that apps from that platform might crossover to the Mac."

The previous prices were $499.00 USD for the Apple Developer Connection (ADC) Select and $3,499.00 USD for the ADC Premier program. You can still get the free version of the Mac Developer if you want to tinker and see if you want to upgrade to one of the other programs, but $99.00 USD is a heckuva drop in price and quite the bargain.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Got a Great Idea for an App but no Developer?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 07:00 AM

"Maybe you've had a great idea for an iPhone app. You've nailed down the concept, outlined the look and feel, and even figured out a catchy name that's sure to stand out from the 140,000 or so other apps competing with yours for attention. The only thing standing in your way? You don't have a lick of programming experience, and you're not sure where to find someone who does."

If you fit the bill, then perhaps this service is for you, as it connects those with ideas and those with the talent to bring your ideas into reality. Interesting concept, and it seems to me it certainly does fill a niche. If you want more info you can go to their website at Of course, they aren't the only game in town. YAPPER and iPhone App Builder are two other options worth checking out if you want to go this route.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Developer App Processed Improved, Sort Of...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 07:00 AM

"iPhone and now iPad Developers now have a more detailed way to see how app approvals are progressing. Apple added a clock a few weeks ago that displayed the percentage of apps approved within the last 14 days."

Any way that Apple can improve the developer aspect of the iTunes App Store is a good thing, but I'm not so sure how great this is for developers except in a general sort of way. The developers can see the percentage of new apps and updated apps that were approved within the last seven days, right now it stands at 98% and 99% respectively for them. Now if they made it so you could see how far along YOUR app was in the process that would be of greater benefit I would imagine. But kudos for Apple for improving the process in some fashion.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Network Reachability on The iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

Apple makes it clear: when applications rely on network connectivity, they must always test for a valid connection and report those results to the user. If the app cannot reach the Internet, the user needs to know. App Store reviewers regularly reject applications that do not test, and when a connection is not found, report that the network cannot be accessed.

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Andrew Donoho, an iPhone developer, wasn't really happy with Apple's reachability code so he created his own, and posted it so others can use it as well. He has written up how to incorporate his code into any testing you need to do without having to go through the frustrations he experienced.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Apple Sets Up iPhone Developer RSS Feed

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"Apple sent out a note to iPhone developers today notifying them that there is a new iPhone developer RSS feed on Apple's site. The feed contains both news and announcements important to the iPhone developer community."

If you are interested, you can find the feed here. This should make the information dissemination process much easier between Apple and the developers.

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