Apple 'app fatigue' setting in, according to job research

A report from outsourcing marketplace Freelancer.com has revealed that Apple iOS jobs have dropped in Q4 2012, for the first time in the report’s history.

The results were calculated in a list of the top 50 jobs in the IT industry, and was extracted from 261,003 jobs posted on Freelancer.com during the third quarter of 2012.

And it transpired that there are fewer Apple jobs on the market now than a few months ago. Jobs related to iPhones went down from 5508 to 5298 jobs posted – a downturn of 3.8%...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, HTML5, iOS.

How long does it take to build an app? [infographic]

How long does it actually take to build an app? In a bid to come up with an answer to this question, Kivney polled 100 developers to discover how long they expected it would take to build core front- and backend components of an Android or iOS app.

The backend-as-a-service provider collated the reaults and came up with some surprising visualisations to put the timeframes in context. Who knew you could drill three 3000-foot oil wells in the time it takes to launch the first...

By Matt Henkes, 10 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS.

Apple’s App Store passes the 40bn download mark

Apple announces 40bn app downloads from the App Store, while a forecast suggests Google Play will hit one million live apps by June – so who’s going to win the app store war?

Apple has announced that users have downloaded a total of 40 billion apps from the App Store, with two billion downloads in December – a record for a single month.

This may not be surprising news, particularly given a blog post...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, iOS.

Apple passes one million app submission mark

Following news that the Google Play store had broken the 700,000 app mark last month, DeveloperTech asked: “Who do you think will hit the one million mark for apps in its store, Google or Apple?”

Well, the answer appears to be Apple, according to a tweet from app finder Appsfire.

The tweet (below) confirms that the one million app mark was broken this week, although the figure doesn’t specifically mean live apps currently in the Store – that...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, iOS.

How is app marketing affected by iOS 6?

With the release of iOS 6 for Apple mobile devices, developers and ad networks are finding that they will need to implement a new strategy when developing and advertising their latest apps.

This was apparent as reports trickled in about the changes that occurred to Apple’s App Store.

The App Store redesigned

Once the users finished testing out the new iOS 6 options, they were eager to find all their favourite apps and new apps to install into the extra row on their app home screens.

Unfortunately, they...

By Ryan Merket, 14 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, App Stores, iOS, Monetisation.

Google Play breaks the 700,000 app mark

In a period dominated by Microsoft-based news, Google does not want to be outdone, with Bloomberg reporting that the search giant now has 700,000 apps downloadable for Android in the Play store.

This number correlates similarly to Apple’s App Store, which at the last count was at just over 700,000 apps.

Back in June reports abounded that the Google Play store had cracked 600,000 apps, compared to 650,000 apps for the App Store as Apple announced in the same month.

If the reports are true, Google appears...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, iOS.

What does the new iPad mini mean for developers?

By Mubaloo developers David Dixon and James Frost

Yesterday in San Jose, Apple revealed its latest addition to the tablet family, the iPad mini, along with the debut of the fourth-generation iPad, a new 13-inch retina display MacBook and a new iMac.

Apple revealed that there have been over 35 billion downloads on the App Store, that there are 200 million devices running iOS 6 and that there have been 100 million iPads sold to date. This latest move is a bid to ensure the firm continues to dominate the tablet...

By Mubaloo, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices, iOS.

How to survive the behind-the-scenes-magic of Objective C

By Matthew Campbell, author of Objective-C Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach

The glazed look on some developers’ faces usually emerges on Day 2 of my three-day Objective-C intensive. Having taught several hundred students this programming language, I know this deer-in-the-headlights expression well. It means the developers – aghast, frustrated or worse –  realize they simply don’t have a handle on the concepts behind Objective-C.

There’s a good...

By Apress, 24 September 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Design, iOS, Languages.

Flurry: Android and iOS adoption quickest in China

According to analytics experts Flurry, the fastest growing iOS and Android markets is China, by a considerable distance.

Flurry estimates that, with the application coverage it provides, over 90% of all iOS and Android devices can be detected, so these figures appear to be about as accurate as they could possibly be.

The US still leads in terms of number of active iOS and Android devices, with 165 million. China is a relatively close second on 128m devices, with the UK (31m), South Korea (28m) and Japan (22m)...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, iOS.