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In order to get an App onto an iPhone/iPod/iPad, it needs to be submitted to Apple to go through a verification process. They then carry out a series of stringent checks to ensure that the code is properly written and will not crash, the app conforms to the description of the functionality provided and generally fits in with the iPhone “user experience”. There are no guaranteed turnaround times although it tends to take around seven days for the review process to take place.
Once Apple have approved the app, then it is available for download to the general public through what is known as the App Store. The App store can either be accessed through iTunes, which is the standard interface for people to interact with their iPhones/iPods/iPads in order to load up music, apps etc, or through App Store integration directly on the device. iTunes comes built in as standard on Macs, and is a free download for Windows users. If you want to charge people to download your app, iTunes handles the financial transactions, and takes a commission of 30% of the price in return for doing so.
Appeal will not only build your app but also ensure it goes smoothly through the approval process and looks great for the general public.
Below are details of a couple of the projects we have completed which are available for download from the App Store:
If you are contemplating an iPhone app but are unsure of how it might look or what different types of functionality are at your disposal, please feel free to download iStarSigns onto your device and have a play about with it. While quite a simple app in what it does, it encompasses all the basic building blocks of iPhone applications and will give you some ideas of how you might like your app to look and work.
This is an app that we built for a local letting agency who were looking to both promote their brand, and provide a means for house hunters to have access to their database of available properties while they were “out and about”.
An iPhone app was the obvious choice and the various human interface components such as pickers make it quick and easy to define search criteria, and display the search results in a much more clear and effective way than using a phone to access their standard website. The user can then opt to bring up a detailed description of any houses they are interested in, see its location on a map and call/email the agency directly from within the app, regardless of where they are.