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My new research interest? The exponential growth in the iPhone use and development of iPhone apps since the release of the iPhone 3G.

 Here are some facts according to Apple: (source: http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/0903lajkszg/event/index.html)

  1. Apple’s app store has been open for only 8 months
  2. In that time, 50,000 developers have been added to the cadre of iPhone app developers. Size or notoriety of your business does not matter. You have an idea and the smarts to develop something? The odds are with you. Why?
  3. Of the now 25,000 iPhone apps available, 96% of the apps submitted to Apple for consideration were approved
  4. Of those approved, 98% were approved in 7 days or less
  5. Since the opening of the app store 8 months ago, iPhone owners have surpassed downloading 800 million apps to their phones (I account for about 50 of them)
  6. Apple makes a software development kit (SDK) available to would-be developers which includes the same APIs and tools that Apple uses. 1,000 new APIs is making it increasingly easier for developers to create new apps and add new functionality to the iPhone

index_sdk1For the full story, watch this video at Apple.com. Long, but interesting. Also includes a preview of the iPhone OS 3.0 to be released this summer.

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For all you iPhone users, you’ll be happy to know there are plans for the release of a free operating system version upgrade this summer, which promises to offer increased functionality. As a relatively recent convert to the iPhone minions, I am keeping a watchful eye on what the new OS is about. I love a lot about the iPhone, but I also don’t like some very specific things; mostly what’s lacking. The new OS will take care of at least a few of my major complaints.

From Apple.com:

Advance preview of 100 new features

When iPhone OS 3.0 arrives this summer, it will introduce over 100 new features, including the ability to:

  • Search your iPhone
  • Cut, copy, and paste
  • Send photos, contacts, audio files, and location via MMS*
  • Read and compose email and text messages in landscape

When you’ve got some time, relax and watch Apple’s recent (3-17-09) presentation in Quicktime movie format –previewing the new functionality. It’s long, but worth watching it to learn lots of interesting info about the developer process of the now 25,000 iPhone apps as well as the new functionality to be unveiled this summer.

If you’re less interested in the developer info, jump to minute 7 where they begin talking of the OS 3.0 new functionality.

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