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With just 24 hours left before the Apple-imposed deadline for software developers to submit their applications in order to have them as part of the App Store launch, developer Andrew Stone of stone.com (Stone Works) was kind enough to take some time out to speak with us.
An architect by training, Andrew began using computers (a Radio Shack TRS-80) for his work in 1980. The switch to Mac came in 1985. It was, as he puts it, “love at first byte!” A Masters in Computer Science in 1989 led to his programming software for Steve Job’s spinoff company “NeXT Computer”. In the 20 years, Andrew has written over twenty applications, focusing, among other things, on creating “independent alternatives to expensive and ofttimes bloated commercial software”. StoneWorks takes a community model of software, offering programs for a low price and offering free software upgrades for life!
Andrew has turned to a focus on developing a number of applications for the iPhone. The teaser for the initial apps can be found at here.
To speak with Andrew is to immediately share in the excitement and creativity that is part of the iPhone development world.
Engadget is reporting that people are queuing in New York City a week ahead of the iPhone 3G release! I can’t wait to get my new iPhone, but I’m not sure that I’m willing to sleep rough for a week to get to my hands on one!
It will be very interesting to see what the reaction will be like here in the UK. By some accounts the original launch of the iPhone here was a bit of an anti-climax with people reporting only a few stores in the whole country had any kind of queue…
On Friday the iPhone gains the ability to accept third party programs. In doing so it joins the ranks of the Treos, Windows Mobile and Symbian devices. Right?
Although it would be easy to make the analogy between iPhone applications and the applications on all those other devices it is the wrong analogy. In fact, I would venture to say that if that is the analogy that frames the development of iPhone applications the device will be sorely underutilized.
As July 11th approaches it is becoming increasingly clear that there are two possible scenarios that could play out beginning this Friday and only one of them sets the stage for the next generation of mobile computing.
By: Hand Circus
Are you feeling that "my college thesis is due in a week and I’ve yet to
do any research for it" type pressure?
Well, if what we’ve heard from
a number of app developers is true, THEY are! Apple’s deadline for getting applications to the App Store is fast approaching. So this July 4th weekend will be anything BUT relaxing for lots of techies out there. And, although we certainly wouldn’t want to contribute to their mounting stress and already harried schedules, we thought it wise to throw out a few reminders.
If you want your app to be a success, here’s a list of some comments which you should probably NOT make on your website:
One of the open questions with regard to next week’s launch of iPhone Firmware 2.0 and the Apps Store is the impact native apps that do not require jailbreaking will have on the future development of web-based applications.
As I noted in an earlier post here, since I don;t use them, I personally care little if next week means the demise of apps delivered via installer.app. I care very much, however, if it means a slowdown in the future development of web-based application. The problem is, I don’t think people fully understand web apps or their import as partners to native apps rather than replacements. Until we stop viewing them as an “either/or” option we will continue to sell both short.
Take this comment from TUAW in response to Google releasing a web-based iPhone optimized version of Google Talk. They note–
You won’t have to wait for the App Store to use it, since this is a web app designed for the iPhone‘s browser (remember when Apple wanted us to believe that web apps were just as good as fully native apps? My how times have changed) (emphasis added)
Statements such as this suggest that Web-based Apps are the poor younger cousin of native apps, the consolation prize, the guy/gal you invite to the prom because the people you REALLY want to go with you say "no". This is the wrong way to view it.
What’s On iPhone wrote a "pre-review" on GroceryZen yesterday. We liked what we saw and we are looking forward to using the app when it’s officially released.
Tonight, we had a chance to talk with Greg Bernhardt, one of the two developers behind GroceryZen. The interview was a great chance to to learn a little more about GroceryZen and some of the directions it will be taking in the future, as well as a chance to get some insight into the process of developing for the iPhone.
Turns out that like many of us, Greg has a depth of experience developing for, and using, Treo’s and Windows Mobile devices. (It may explain why Elana, still going through Treo-withdrawal after years making and keeping lists on her Treo, was so taken with the application.)
Read-on for our interview with Greg PLUS an "exclusive" update on the application.
Two pieces of news caught our eyes today.
First there was this– a post over at TUAW entitled “iPhone 2.0 firmware release date hidden under our noses”. It notes that the original iPhone3G press release clearly stated the release date of the new iPhone firmware. It stated–
"iPhone 2.0 software will be available on July 11 as a free software update via iTunes(R) 7.7 or later for all iPhone customers…"
This a huge deal because this is the firmware that gives the keys to unlocking the hidden potential of the iPhone by bringing all sorts of app goodness to the iPhone.
Since the iPhone 2.0 firmware went gold master last Friday, however, it begs the question- is July 11th the actual release date or is July 11th the latest release date? Could we possibly see it this week? Hmmmmm.
Then there is this bit of news–