Good News for Developers: iPhone App Market Keeps on Expanding
In another exciting turn for the already electrifying iPhone apps market, it has been revealed that Apple's newly released iPad will support backwards compatibility with popular iPhone apps. This means that the iPad features a software mode allowing it to run and display iPhone apps in a format which produces the original screen dimensions of the iPhone itself. Some apps may even support fullscreen modes, taking advantage of the iPads considerable visual real estate. This minor feature is poised to generate even more momentum for the mobile app market which is estimated by some experts to hit a net worth of over $15 billion by the year 2013! This backwards compatibility between the two Apple devices will encourage new owners of an iPad to revisit favorite iPhone applications, or even try others for the first time.
Meanwhile, software developers, studios and design firms from all over continue to pour into the market looking to stake their claims in what many have described as the latest cyber gold rush. Because iPhone apps can be found on the app store selling for prices ranging from a mere 99 cents to whopping hundred dollar downloads, it's no wonder that more and more developers are trying to break into the expanding market each day. The app store itself seems more than happy to cultivate this spirit of competition, having included features which allow downloaders and app users to instantly rate their favorite apps. Apps that receive enough of these mobile accolades will receive heightened visibility in the app store and, therefore, almost certainly more sales.
With other options favoring developers such as the ability for satisfied users to quickly search for more content from their favorite app authors, Apple and their app store team are making it clear that they want their participating developers to succeed and profit. Developers can also issue content updates and bug-fixes at their discretion, further increasing their customer interaction and building brand loyalty through the investment of relatively little time, effort and money.
One of the keystones to this mobile market's success and continuous expansion are the units themselves which allow users to access the app store and therein make purchases on the go. Instantaneous purchases, which are linked to the user's credit card or bank account, are one of the many app store perks that repeat customers have been taking to with addictive ferocity. Additionally, customers can opt to have lists generated for them, based off their previous purchases, which predict other new apps they are likely to enjoy.
The Apple iPhone and, now, the iPad continue to set the industry's tone for optimal sales records, with the iPad having sold over 300,000 units on launch day with no signs of slowing down. Apple has also steadily expanded its array of offerings from new and enhanced versions of the iPhone itself, to an entire new family of iPods with the same capabilities for accessing and making purchases from the app store.