With some 36.000 apps in the App Store, and .99 seeming to be the most common price, you have to wonder whether the developers are making much money. One hears about the success stories — which likely motivate more developers to jump in — but the reality is that a lot of apps don't do too well. You can read an interesting article about this in TechCrunch.
Frankly, I've never been able to understand how anyone could create a game. It seems impossibly complex, conceptualizing a game, making it fun, doing the programming, and most mind-boggling — creating the huge amount of artwork that many of the better games entail. If you have also been intrigued by this, you might enjoy Ryan Mitchell's Game Dev Blog.
A report on Yahoo Finance is saying that AT&T will likely be offering cheaper options for iPhone users. Some sources are saying that AT&T may soon offer a $60/month plan that would entail limited data access. Also, industry observers are noting the possibility of a $100 phone and a prepaid iPhone. The latter would open up a large new market, since this segment of the industry is rapidly growing.
I love this application. From what I've read, Kindle for iPhone isn't the best ebook reader. But it certainly suits my needs. What I like best is the ease of putting books on my iPhone and the opportunity to download samples. I'm currently reading The Well Dressed Ape. It's the perfect book for reading on the iPhone because it has lots of fascinating bite-sized bits of information.
The Internet was abuzz yesterday when Apple iPhone Apps published specs of iPhone 3.0 that it said came from a reliable source — and in the process overwhelming that website's server. So head on over and see what the excitement is about. One interesting tidbit is that it's again reporting that iPhone 3.0 will include a built-in compass. This was also reported by Fortune magazine.
Slacker is a service that, like Pandora, lets you identify the type of music you like and then creates a personalized station that streams this music. And Slacker, like Pandora, makes it super easy for you to create your station, beginning simply by naming your favorite song or artist. These two websites are hugely popular, and both offer a free iPhone app that lets you access your stations or create new ones.
Emergency Radio covers over 900 local areas, letting you use your iPhone to tune in to police, fire, and emergency services frequencies via Wi-Fi or your data connection. The popular app is one of the top paid apps (99 cents) in the iTunes App Store. It takes advantage of ability to identify your location, making it easy for you to search for nearby frequencies based on your current location. You can also search for specific cities/counties. The application also offers a customizable favorites list, and a list of scanner codes to aid in listening. You can find a list of the communities covered by clicking here. If you don’t see yours listed, you can request it. A free Lite version covers specific services in Chicago, Denver, Miami, New Orleans, and San Jose.
The developer of Steppin has just reduced the price to — free! This game for iPhone and iPod Touch entails using your fingers as if they're your feet to navigate five levels of courses, from skipping across lilies in a pond, to traversing the face of a cliff. You use the multitouch capability of the screen to get across all five levels in the fastest time. A scoreboard system tracks your best time as well as reporting the best player of the day, week, and ever.
Earlier this week Amazon launched an iPhone-friendly version of its website. When you go to Amazon.com in Safari on your iPhone or iPod Touch, it automatically gives you the iPhone version (and gives you the option of seeing the PC version, if you want). This is the whole Amazon site, not just the Kindle ebook area. If you do a search, you can, just like the desktop site, search any specific area of the site, or choose just to search the Kindle area.
A couple days ago I posted about "crap apps": entertaining and completely useless apps A couple days ago I posted about "crap apps": entertaining and completely useless apps that in some cases make a lot more money for the developer than serious apps. Now the Wall Street Journal has an article on what might be called "ad apps": apps whose main purpose is to promote a product.