When the iPhone hit store shelves in June of 2007, it provided a new a way for people to interact with their phones and finally take some of their favorite computer applications off of their computer and out into the real world. People were finally set free from their desk chairs! These days, with the advent of a dizzying array of third-party iPhone applications and the number of people into iPhone software development, people can do almost anything they want with their iPhones. Want to have a business meeting with international clients over a VOIP service like Skype while you're relaxing at your local ski lodge? Not a problem. The number of iPhone business applications is humongous. Want to find the name of the song that's playing on the radio? It's a piece of cake. So much functionality has become available to us where it is the most useful, in our everyday lives. It is a truly astonishing revolution in portable computing.
What is an iphone app? Quite simply, it is any third party computer program that an iPhone developer builds for use on the iphone. In many ways, it is no different from the programs you run on your laptop or desktop computer every day. There is one key difference, however. The iphone has a few extra hardware features that can be co-opted for use in its third party applications. What results is a new kind of user experience that was not previously available on most laptop and desktop machines.
Your iPhone, for example, has access to a GPS device. This GPS device determines your location at any time of the day, no matter where you are in the world. Such a device wouldn't be all that useful on a desktop machine, or even on a laptop, because you won't be moving around all that much with it. It is extremely useful, however, when your iPhone is with you at all times in your pocket. A software developer can easily take advantage of the GPS device by creating third party driving directions applications that determine your location, where you want to go, and then plot out your course so you can see what you need to do in the palm of your hand. It is as convenient as it is elegant.
Many of the applications on the iPhone would also be useful on a laptop, but the reality of the matter is that nobody takes their laptop with them to a diner just so they can use a program to determine the name of the song that's playing on the radio. The prospect of doing this is downright nerdy and cumbersome. Certain applications are simply limited to certain kinds of machines. The iPhone literally blew open the possibilities for portable applications in this regard, suddenly allowing for a new wave of elegant and functional programs that make everyday life easier.
But this revolution is only the beginning. As Augmented Reality applications begin to emerge, another wave of extraordinarily convenient applications is on its way. We will soon be able to use our iphones as a window into information filled world where ordinary objects are much more than what they appear to be. We can't wait for the transition! In case you are looking for a team who are into iPhone app development because you have an awesome mobile app development idea but not the resources, Appiction has an experienced team of people who will not only develop your ingenious idea but also will pay you a share in the downloads!
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