It was clearly a stroke of genius for Apple to build the iPad with the same operating system as the iPhone, so iPad users could immediately benefit from the catalog of over 130,000 iPhone apps. Software developers working on iPad & iPhone development projects can tap into the same markets to sell or give away their innovative applications. To date, consumers have downloaded over three billion applications from the Apple App Store for their iPhones and iPod touches. This same potential market is waiting for the chance to download new and old standby apps into their shiny new iPads.
By allowing software developers to offer their applications at the Apple App Store, Apple is benefiting from the collective creativity of thousands of non-employees to create applications for their iProducts, and they are giving those same creative people access to a massive market for their creations. Every amateur programmer dreams of creating an application for the iPad or iPhone or iPod touch that can be sold to hundreds of millions of users for ninety nine cents.
It is not surprising that the best-selling apps lists are dominated by games. Products from iPad & iPhone development wizards will undoubtedly create many new millionaires in the coming months from among the thousands of developers who come up with innovative gaming ideas. But the best-seller lists also include cookbooks and many other information and entertainment products, along with apps for handling all kinds of business and personal finance functions.
Apple has done a great job of encouraging iPad & iPhone development activity among programmers by offering a comprehensive set of programming tools to developers at a reasonable cost. Registered developers can use the iPhone SDK 3.2 (software development kit) along with the rest of the tools provided by Apple to create new apps for the iPad that will also be compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch. The iPhone Dev Center offers a step by step process for developing apps and introducing them to the market.
Registered developers get access to all of the tools they need for iPad & iPhone development. The SDK includes project management tools, a source code editor, and a graphical debugger. It includes an iPhone simulator so developers can run and test their apps as if they were live. Tools are provided for easily creating the interfaces to make apps easy to use. Apple makes other resources available to registered developers, including forums for interacting with other developers and Apple engineers, sample code libraries, and instructional videos.
If you are not a programmer, all this might sound too geeky for you. However, you do not need to be a programmer to come up with a great idea for an iPad or iPhone application. The registered developer program provides tools for testing new apps in real time and also offers technical support from Apple engineers. Potentially the most valuable aspect of being a registered developer is access to the App Store for selling new apps (or giving them away for free). Registered developers can upload their apps to the store and set the price for their product. Apple pays developers seventy percent of the revenue from sales of their apps and sends out payments every month.
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