Interested in developing an app? Marcus Radich is here to start you off. From ProDesign 106.
The Apple AppStore is a place of wonder and excitement for many iPhone and iPod touch users, but iPad applications are now showing up for those with the “next” portable computer (more later).
New Zealand has a number of application developers for the iPhone platform – some are inhouse, some publish to the store only, others (like my company) will write applications for you to publish. When it comes to the leaders in the iPhone development community in New Zealand, you will probably know of Orsome and Polar Bear Farm – but there are also a number of developers who fly below the radar!To begin development, you have to start with a Mac. You will want a more modern Intel-based Mac with a fairly large screen. (One of my developers has a 27” and 21” screen connected to his Mac). The reason for this is that you need to see your code, the software emulator which is running your application, the console for any messages and a debugger to start and stop your code. Who said Photoshop was the king of palettes?
Once you have your Mac in place, point your browser over here and sign up for the US$99 development programme. Once you have been approved by Apple, you can download the iPhone SDK (Software Development Kit) and start developing your idea.
Once your application has been completed, you can submit this to the Apple AppStore for approval. Be aware that the wait is sometimes longer than you expect – but they are carefully checking your application before approving it for sale.
Now, if this seems a little out of your league, you can contract an iPhone developer to take your idea and code it into an application for you. For more information on this, don’t hesitate to contact me! We have been developing applications for the iPhone AppStore since 2008.
The iPad. For me, the iPad is the first “real” Macintosh. If you look at the original design specification for the Mac put forward by Jef Raskin in 1979, it was about being less computer and more appliance – like a toaster. The iPad fits this bill. You will never have to care about the operating system, fonts, mice or training on how to use it, because everything is touch oriented and simple – you only need a few minutes on it to be productive. The AppStore (with its 150,000 apps) lets you quickly and easily get hold of an application to fill any computing task. This is the future of mobile computing. It won’t replace design workstations, but for administration and mobile users it is a home run.
Which model should you get? Well, of course that depends on budget and needs – but for me the 32GB iPad 3G is the most logical choice. It will have enough space to store everything I need to take with me – and it will have 3G for networking where ever I go. Perfect. You will be tempted to go for the wifi-only version, but believe me, you will wish you had the 3G version as soon as you see someone else emailing where you can’t. Hopefully it will be a simple matter of getting a data-only SIM from a local provider. It seems the future of mobile computing is finally here!