Developing iPhone and iPad Apps: New Video for Beginners

My newest video, Non-Programmers Guide To Building iOS Apps, is now available from Infinite Skills. iOS, of course, is the operating system for the iPhone and iPad. When you develop an app for iOS, you are developing a native app for … Continue reading

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Did Apple Get it Wrong with Ping and Apple TV?

Many bloggers and journalists seem to think Apple got it wrong. I’m not one of them. In the case of Apple TV, the strategy is to proceed cautiously with a neat, tidy package of technology for $99 and a first step to get the content pricing right for TV shows. In the case of Ping, Apple is embedding social features into iTunes, that’s all.

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Apple and Adobe: What Would Mr. Natural Say?

Anacharsis, one of Greek mythology’s Seven Wise Men, warned people that the market is “the place set apart where men may deceive each other.” I would add the hyperbole, as in the statements of the press and bloggers, is a chief weapon for deception.

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Apple, Adobe, Twitter: Are We Slapped Yet?

You’ve probably read how Apple slaps developers in the face, Twitter slaps developers in the face, and Adobe slaps intelligent humans in the face. These are all tempests in teapots.

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The iPad Magic Market Ride

Apple’s magic carpet ride takes off with 125 million credit card accounts in the iTunes Store and App Store, and 75 million people who already know how to use it before they even get it.

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iPhone Marketing 101: Gaming the App Store is Not Enough

That old song “You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd” (Roger Miller) comes to mind as I try to increase sales for my app, Tony’s Tips for iPhone Users, through the App Store. As an early developer I thought I could skate downhill, using the App Store’s own momentum as it grew (and pretty much that’s what I’ve done so far). But the roar I’m hearing is 3 billion app downloads in 18 months for more than 125,000 apps.

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It’s Only Tunes and Videos (But I Like It)

Today’s “It’s Only Rock and Roll” press event held by Apple held no real surprises other than the triumphant return of Steve Jobs to the stage. Rumors and insider reports had already clued us into the album-package feature of the iTunes Store, better apps management in iTunes 9, and the video camera for the iPod nano.

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In Search of the Lost Chord: The Musician’s iPhone and iPod touch

The iPhone or iPod touch is a potent platform for producing music that is capable of entertaining a stadium full of fans.

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