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What is an iPhone App?

An app is a small piece of software developed for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Apps are available on iTunes and can be purchased directly from the iOS device.

What types of Apps are available?

The App Store is the largest resource in the world for mobile apps. It’s growth has been amazing with the depth and breadth of available apps growing on a daily basis. There are hundreds of thousands of applications available, ranging from maps and games to business and money management. Many companies have developed iPhone® apps for marketing purposes, such as a grill manufacturer that provides recipes and grilling techniques, or musicians who create games that tie in with their latest album. Magazines, newspapers, and websites also have their own products at the App Store that allow their content to be accessed easily on the phone. Games are extremely popular; the app “Angry Birds,” which began as an iPhone® app in 2009, was so popular that it was adapted for other mobile platforms and had been downloaded at least 250 million times by mid-2011.

How to find Apps

Of course we are biased here, but one great place to find apps is right here. iPhone App Review offers thousands of app reviews and details right on our site.

Apps are categorized by subject in the App Store, allowing users to narrow down what iPhone® app he or she is seeking relatively quickly. With so many available, popular downloads and staff picks are highlighted to make them easier to find, and categories can be sorted by name, popularity, or release date. Recommendations are also available, based on the other apps a user has downloaded. Apple® also promotes certain apps on its website and through various social media channels.

Creating Apps for the iPhone

If you have some development skills and an entrepreneurial spirit, you can quickly go in to business for yourself. many developers are making a lot of money on their iPhone app creations. Apple® maintains strict control over what applications are available for download to the iPhone®. Third-party developers typically use the Apple® software developer’s kit (SDK) to create the app, and an iPhone® simulator to test it. The SDK is available for free, but in order to submit an application for sale, developers must be registered with Apple® and pay a fee. If the app is accepted, the developer and Apple® share the revenue on any sales. Apple® may not approve an app if it is deemed inappropriate, and the company has pulled approved apps after they were available for sale due to complaints.

If you are interested in developing for the iPhone here is a great resource to help you get started.

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