When Apple released the iPad, iOS developers had a choice.
While touting the ability to run "almost all of the over 140,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone or iPod touch," Apple clearly wanted its tablet to inspire developers to create bigger and better interfaces that took advantage of all 9.7 inches. But things are trickier with the mini.
Apple wasn't shy about noting that it's now paid more than $6.5 billion to developers this week, and the company continues to find new ways to increase profits for both parties, such as adopting more currencies around the world.
Who says that development is limited to the young and fresh faced populous of college towns? In just a year, Silicon Valley-based Naomi Kokubo coded her own game and had it published in a multitude of mobile app stores. The mom of two grew tired of dealing with design engineers and jumping through hoops to get the design process going, so she took her business expertise with her and set out to study a programming language to get an app into the iTunes App Store on her very own.
You know the drill: Head to the Mozilla.org website and get downloading! But this may be the last time you need to manually refresh Firefox, thanks to version 15 adding the ability to download stealth updates in the background.
Although it's not much of a surprise, developers of third-party Twitter apps were put on notice Thursday afternoon with a blog post detailing changes to its API that could eventually limit choices for using the microblogging service.
Tomorrow is the last day of July, and what a month it's been! Seems as if iPhone users will have to suffer through the dog days of summer in August with today's news that the next handset is likely to have its moment in the spotlight come mid-September instead of last year's October debut of the iPhone 4S. Quick! To the upgrade eligibility calculator! And when you come back, be sure to read what else is happening for this July 30, 2012.
Want to run the latest iOS betas but too cheap to pay $99 per year to become a developer? It turns out there are websites that will sell you an activation for your device, but this unfortunate practice is becoming extinct as Apple finally cracks down on the practice.
Our long, national nightmare is over: Apple has squashed a server bug that was preventing iOS and Mac apps from applying updates correctly, and is pushing out updates from the last couple days all over again.
Holidays such as the 4th of July are boom times for developers -- folks have a day off and are more likely to tap "Buy Now" than on a regular work day. But imagine how frustrated you might be if that new purchase crashed immediately upon launch -- and it's even worse for the developers who can't do anything about it.