See part two on coding your App.
Love it or hate it, it's tough to argue about the success of the Apple App Store. While this venture might be a successful cash cow business model for Apple, how does business fare for the app developer? Pretty good, it turns out.
One of the poster children for successful app development is Joel Comm. Or, as he is better known, the developer of iFart. The sales claims for this little app blew away the competition, with sales of 113,885 downloads during a two-week period in December 2008.
Those are some pretty sobering statistics to digest while standing in the unemployment line. So what's a poor (read: really poor) developer to do? Why, make your own app, right? Not so fast, bucko.
Making an Apple iPhone/iPod Touch app is not a venture that should be undertaken lightly. There are two significant investments that you must be willing to make:
- Financial investment: you will need an Intel-based Mac computer with Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard for developing your app, as well as a couple of test devices (preferably both an iPhone and an iPod Touch). Plus, you must be a registered member of the Apple iPhone Developer Program, which costs $99 for the basic edition.
- Time investment: even the simplest iPhone app will take a considerable amount of time to develop. Yes, you could blow a simple app out your posterior in about two weeks' time, but a true sales contender could take a couple of months for development, testing, and distribution.
Granted, there are a couple of corners that you could cut for reducing development costs. You could be a rogue developer and rely solely on the iPhone SDK iPhone Simulator for your app testing. You could harvest the extensive library of Apple sample apps for your code. You could just "blow on your arm" for your app content. Even after all of these cost-saving efforts, however, you are still going to need an Intel-based Mac and a subscription to the Apple iPhone Developer Program.
First things first, though; let's build a machine that's able to support the iPhone SDK app development environment. No, we aren't going to create the illegal kind of "Hackintosh," a non-Apple-branded Mac OS X clone computer -- rather, we are going to bundle the lowest-possible-cost Mac computer development platform. Be forewarned, this project will void your warranty.
My first attempt at creating an iPhone app dev system was housed on a 16GB CompactFlash media card. There are many sites that will guide you through this process. Unfortunately, this system wasn't stable enough to reliably code a major iPhone app.
My second attempt at creating an iPhone app dev system was a complete success. Furthermore, the investment (on my part) was minimal, because I already had many of the components on hand. Here is the complete laundry list for building your own Apple-based iPhone app dev system Apple-based from scratch.
I have a great idea for an iphone app, but I have school and other stuff to do, is there a place to find iphone app developers?
when is part 2 going to be coming out??
becerra, i'm an iphone developer, whats your idea?
I have some ideas for an app? How do you create them?
greiss122, I have some ideas I would like to speak to you a about, can i get some contact information. Do you have a portfolio of work?
Here is my idea:
make an app that allows you to use the inteface of different kinds of iPods: like a picture of a nano, and you can circle your finger on the button and it would scroll. Also allow them to play music and stuff like it would look like on a real nano.
Interesting article - I started my development with a Mac mini as well since I thought it would be the cheapest option. Eventually, I had to get a laptop though.
@monkeywhizdube - that is a pretty cool idea. Have you had any luck getting a developer to help you?
Looking for someone to help with a killer app idea for a fun and challenging mathematical game that could hold big potential.
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We are the largest publisher of pet-travel information. We would like to investigate converting our database into an iPhone app.
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Hi i have a good idea for a app, is there anybody who can help me build it? i beleve that this is a fab idea and is a deffo must... cheers Scott.
How about free as the cost to make an iPhone app. And how about you develop it and get apps for Blackberry, Samsung, LG and Nokia too.
Try eyemags.com to create you own apps for free and download them for free too. The apps are content apps and therefore simple, but if that suits your idea then it might suit you.
I would be interested in developing an iPhone App for my website. Could you contact me at AJSherr@comcast.net if you can do this work or have suggestions for finding an individual who can create Apps. Thank you
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Hi - I, too, am interested in bids to develop an iPhone app - but mine would be less interactive, and more informational/reference. I wrote and published a book that is completely copywrited, called "Set Up to Fail: 100 Things Wrong with America's Schools." Each page is a synopsis of a different school problem. Many people hate schools and so might find this of interest. It would be similar to the app for "100 Ways to Motivate Others," "The Louvre," and various horoscope apps. Don't know if many would pay for it, but not sure how you make money on free apps - linking to future purchase? You may contact me at email@example.com. Thanks.
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I am looking for an App developer as I have and app idea that could yield significant income. The app is not currently available after doing significant research. This could be built for worldwide use. Thanks for your comments.
Greiss 122, would love to talk with you. I have a great idea for an app, but don't know where to start. Please contact me so we can discuss. firstname.lastname@example.org
The hype about app makers making a ton of money has spawned an industry of people seeking to strike it rich. Often we come across folks who don't have a clue as to how their app (idea) will help solve a user's pain point (or entertain users). They are cluless with regard to marketing the app. They seem to be living under a rock. If you have an iphone app idea, please research if there's a market for the app, learn how much it costs and how long it takes to make an app. If it doesn't sound promising, don't waste your time and money. There are better opportunities to pursue.
Also check out www.PhoneFreelancer.com if you have an iPhone app idea but don't know how to program it yourself. Its a site that hooks you up with an iphone developer for free.
I have had them them done for as little as $100 and as high as $5000 - but... it all depends on who you hire and the requirements. Best to come up with all the rules you want a coder to work by as well a set of goals that need to be accomplished. Check out www.lehow.com - post your problem and see what kind of response you get... also best to post your problem at night if you are EST.
I never thought making an iPhone application demands so much effort! Congrats, developers!
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i have a good idea for an ipod app but i can't find a devoloper....................please help
You can create your own iPhone and iPod Touch Web Apps with no programming skills required. It is the easiest way to create iPhone Apps. Try it for free at www.iGenApps.com.
flapjack try iGenApps and if what you want to accomplish is something more complicated, just contact me and I could see if I'm able to develop it for you.
thanks i will and my email is email@example.com
I don't really have any money to pay an app developer to Create my idea. Is there anyone that just wants to create a partnership with me? I have a great idea and know it'll sell.. Email me if anyone is interested firstname.lastname@example.org
greiss122 i have several app ideas and was wondering how much it would cost for u to develope one of my apps
SEEKING HELP TO BUILD MY IPHONE APPLICATION
I am currently looking for someone local to me say (Within 25-50 Miles of Aurora, IL) that that would like to collaborate with me to build a very powerful and useful IPhone / Smartphone Application.
I built this application in Excel and it is fully functional. And it is already being used by employees (Managers and Technicians) in my company and others want it.
I believe if it were an IPhone application it would be of greater value to not only my company but other companies as well.
This application would have a recurring value attached to it meaning that as new people enter the company in certain roles they will buy this application.
Someone with the right know how could probably produce this within a month or less; I sure did (Excel). In fact, I created an excel version while everyone was on vacation during last Christmas.
I recall getting a call from one of the Technician who said. "This is the one of the bests tool I have ever been given; Thank you..."
Here's my problem, I don't code in C. I know I can learn but it would take me awhile to gain the knowledge I needed to build this application.
I am willing to split 50% of the earning minus any fees associated with cost of distributing the application.
You can have as many people you want on your team as long as you understand that you only get 50%.
An application of this nature could easily bring in $9.99 or even more depending on how much bang with give it.
90% of the work is math; which I have pretty much already figured out.
Please don't bother contacting me if you don't already have a working IPHONE application listed with Apple, the Mac machine / system and the knowhow. I am not interested.
Also, I get the final approval on when the application gets release and for how much.
That's it; bring it on...
Bring it on...
Please don't ask me what my idea is, I'm smarter than that..