Archive for the ‘iPhone development’ Category


Adrants reports on SXSW show

March 15, 2009 gives us a report on what’s being talked about at the SXSW show.

Saturday’s session at SXSW 2009 on Emerging Trends in Mobile gave audience members food for thought and panelists a run for their money.

The heavily international crowd (which included an estimated 25 percent non-American attendants) seemed to be, from a show of hands, a well-informed group with a good number of mobile developers in attendance.

Topics ranged from better device-charging solutions to developing for devices that come closer to standard Internet browsing every year. All in all, it was given that WAP technology is dead, fully Flash-enabled devices are the next step, image recognition capabilities and more detailed location-based information are crucial, and the idea that you’d have to actually plug a device into an outlet for any reason is becoming increasingly laughable


Self-taught iPhone Coder Hits Gold

February 17, 2009

The economy is in the crapper. Layoffs are causing the unemployment rate to skyrocket. And Ethan Nicholas just quit his job as an engineer with Sun Microsystems. You’re probably thinking, why would someone with a steady paycheck up and quit? Well, perhaps it has something to do with the fact that he just raked in $600,000 in one month from one iPhone app.

According to, Ethan’s artillery game iShoot rose to the top spot in the App Store which earned him a whopping $37,000 in one day.

Wired points out:

Until recently, there has been no realistic way for individual programmers to make serious money on their own. Most of the software market is dominated by big companies, and the traditional distribution method for independent developers — shareware — isn’t conducive to striking it rich. By contrast, Apple’s iTunes App Store provides a platform for marketing, selling and distributing software; all a developer needs to provide is a good idea and some working code.

Nicholas’ success story proves that there’s still plenty of potential to strike it rich in Apple’s seven-month-old App Store. In September, iPhone developer Steve Demeter said he made $250,000 in just two months with his puzzle game Trism. But as the App Store expanded rapidly, many developers thought the store would get too crowded with apps and business would inevitably slow down.

What makes Ethan’s story even more interesting to me if the fact that he wasn’t a programmer by trade. Since he didn’t have enough money to buy the coding books he needed, he scoured the Internet to teach himself the skills he needed to build the app. That was of course after he put in a full day of work, and helped take care of his 1-year-old son.

iShoot sells for $3 although there is a Lite version you can download for free. It was actually the Lite version, created after the full-version was completed, that drew enough attention to the game to make it a booming success.

iShoot made independent developer Ethan Nicholas a measly $600,000 in one month

iShoot made independent developer Ethan Nicholas a measly $600,000 in one month


Apple says jailbreaking is illegal

February 13, 2009

Didn’t we already know or assume this? Apple says that messing with the phone that you bought is against the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. They say:

Jailbreaking therefore involves infringing uses of the bootloader and OS, the copyrighted works that are protected by the TPMs being circumvented. Unauthorized derivative versions of the bootloader and OS have been created. Copies of those infringing works have been stored on web sites, and infringing reproductions of those works are created each time they are downloaded through Pwnage Tool and loaded onto the iPhone.33 In addition, as discussed in Section II.B.2 above, the jailbroken OS enables pirated copies of Apple copyrighted content and other third party content such as games and applications to play on the iPhone, resulting in further infringing uses of copyrighted works and diminished incentive to create those works in the first place. In sum, the jailbreaking of the iPhone that would be permitted by the proposed Class #1 exemption in 5A and 11A would result in infringing uses of copyrighted works. It would involve the creation, distribution, and copying of unauthorized modified versions of the bootloader and OS, and it would facilitate and encourage the making, distribution, and use of infringing copies of copyrighted material such as games and applications, owned by both Apple and third parties, that run only on jailbroken phones. The proposed exemption therefore does not satisfy the fundamental prerequisite of the statute that it aid “noninfringing uses” of copyrighted works and should be rejected.


MS Office editing for iPhone?

February 7, 2009

Davitz, a company that does stuff for this and that, is promising to demo an MS Office editing app for the iPhone at the upcoming Mobile World Congress trade show. It will also work with Android phones or some other crap that we really don’t care about. We are here to talk about iPhones.

This is a big deal because right now there is no app that lets you edit Word and Excel documents. QuickOffice’s MobileFiles Pro lets you edit Excel documents on the iPhone, but not Word.

This app should be something else because Dataviz is well-known for making nice apps.


iPhone downloads continue to spike

January 19, 2009


Apple recently announced that to date, iPhone users have downloaded a total of 500 million apps, which means that per-day downloads have nearly doubled since early December. That’s insane.

The current per-day rate is 4.76 million downloads. Again…insane for such a new product.


Apple to allow third-party web browsers for iPhone

January 19, 2009


Apple is now going to allow third-party developers to create new browsing applications for the iPhone. As it is now, you are stuck with Safari.

Some are speculating that we could see Opera and Firefox for the iPhone soon. In the last week, numerous new web browsers have gone to market including a free one called Edge. You can download it here.

The text on explains Edge like this:

“See your web page or web app in a full screen Safari Browser. No loss of screen real estate to the address or navigation bars. Specify your URL with any given parameters in the iPhone settings application under Edge Browser.”

We’ll check it out and let you know.


Say Hello to Iron Ink!

January 9, 2009

Hello blogosphere,

We are Iron Ink, a new company that’s dedicated to bringing you the best iPhone apps on the face of the planet. Ok, maybe not that good, but we still think we’ve got some cool stuff in the pipeline.

We are in our infancy and this blog will be dedicated to talk about iPhone apps. We develop them. We market and promote them. So we’ll keep our eyes out for any news and information related to the iPhone.

We are Micah Warren, Lindsey Gardner and Marc DePoe and you’ll be hearing from us shortly.