Developers and the iPad

Carl Weinschenk

Though it is showing signs of not being a runaway hit, the iPad is close to launch and the Apple machine is fully engaged. That makes it time to consider some of the real-world implications of the launch.


Perhaps the most intriguing is what this will mean to the development community. CNET offers an interesting take on what the iPad means to those looking to repurpose apps they have created for the iPhone or iPod Touch. The story, of course, is aimed at the consumer segment. This is natural. Assuming, however, that the iPad won't be used for business-like the iPhone before it - is naive. Thus, business users and corporate IT departments must pay attention as well.


Those developing for Apple products will have their work cut out for them when moving from the 3.1-inch screen to the 9.7-inch version. The story says the transition go smoothly for some apps, but in the majority of cases, developers will have to significantly adjust the products so they look natural on the bigger screens.


Apparently, this will be a bigger transition for business applications. A spreadsheet or a mobile CRM app attempts to convey a lot more information than a game. Thus, it seems likely that reusing a business-oriented iPhone/iTouch app on an iPad will require a lot more planning. This is something that must be considered before workers begin showing up with the device or the organization officially includes it among sanctioned devices.


The changes are not scaring off many developers, apparently. Flurry reports that iPhone development has increased 185 percent since the announcement of the iPad. The ReadWriteWeb report on the Flurry findings points out that Apple's App Store will be giving the iPad its own section. It is essentially impossible to get visibility in any other way at the App Store, which features about 140,000 applications. This makes the creation of a separate category a significant inducement.


There is at least one other issue that organizations must track, which is that the iPad uses a battery that cannot be removed by the user. Apple says that it will replace devices that don't hold an adequate change for $99 (plus $7 shipping) if there is no other damage. While the enclosed battery isn't a new concept, companies should consider it as a factor when deciding how deeply they want to integrate the iPad into mission-critical activities.

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