Learn How to Develop iPhone Programs and iPhone apps

iPhone Apps

Have you ever wanted to learn to develop apps (applications) for the iPhone? These Apps have become a major way of making heaps of money. Well this article will explain how. There are four ways of learning how to do this.

  1. Take your idea to a developer who will build the application for you
  2. Use an online program builder tool that requires little or no programming
  3. Learn how to convert a program developed in HTML or other programs for use on the iPhone.
  4. Learn to develop your own apps by learning all the programs and skills yourself.

First you will need to decide whether to use “Web App” or “Native App” after looking at the pros and cons of each approach. 

All about Apps

What Is a Web App?

A Web App is fundamentally a website that is specifically designed for or modified for the iPhone. You can use various tools to adapt an existing website for use. Web app are built with standard web technologies (HTML, Javascript etc.). If you can build websites, then you can build basic Web Apps. You will need a specific URL or a link and most of the iphone functions and hardware will be unavailable to you. A Web App is notinstalled on the phone, like the Native App, and is not available in the iTunes App Store, and is not written with Objective-C.

What Is a Native App?

A Native App is developed using the iPhone system and is installed on the iPhone. The application can use all hardware (speakers, accelerometer, camera, etc.), and are written with Objective-C. Native Apps are available in the iTunes App Store which increases their appeal for users, but means that the Apps have to be submitted to Apple and approved.


Pros of Native Apps

Cons of Native Apps

Pros Web Apps

Cons Web Apps

These distinctions are breaking down somewhat, especially in a development sense because there are various programs which you can use to develop a Web App and have them converted to a Native App (see below). You can also take a Website and package it as a Native App for the iPhone and other mobile platforms using various tools.


Options for Developing an iPhone App


Option 1. Take your idea to a developer who will build the application for you
There are several developers who will work with you and create a program for your idea and have it registered by App store. They will fully develop the Native or Web App for you for an upfront fee, a monthly fee or a share of the profits. This means that you do not need any programming skills. Some companies will pay you for ideas.

Complete App Developers

TOOL
URL
AppMakr
http://www.appmakr.com/
Appanda
http://www.appanda.com/pages/faq6/
MyAppBuilder
http://myappbuilder.com/
AppIncubator
http://www.medlmobile.com/index.php?page=appincubator

Option 2. Use an online program builder tool that requires little or no programming


There are many online tools that you can use to build your own Apps from templates and various tools any functions. They supply the tools and templates. You supply your wonderful idea, great content and design skills. There are some general online App builders that are designed for general business and entertainment needs and more specific ones that target specific needs. Others allow developers familiar with HTML and javascript to write Apps using their existing program knowledge to write the code, and then will transform that code into a native iPhone Application which can be submitted to the iTunes Store. Other require knowledge of HTML, Ruby, Java, Javascript, CSS, Python, PHP.


Native App Builders

There are various websites that help you to build your own Native App using templates and tools. Most will submit your App to the iTines Store for Approval.

Examples of Native App Building Tools

TOOL
URL
AppMakr
http://www.appmakr.com/
99Apps
http://www.99apps.com
AppBreeder
http://www.appbreeder.com/
Appcelerator
http://www.appcelerator.com/
BuildAnApp
http://www.buildanapp.com/turbo/home
GameSalad
http://gamesalad.com/landing/overview
Kanchoo
http://www.kanchoo.com/
MobileAppLoader
http://mobileapploader.com/myapp/default.aspx
Mock App
http://mockapp.com
PhoneGap
http://www.phonegap.com/
Sweb Apps
http://www.swebapps.com/index.htm
TapLynx
http://www.taplynx.com/features/
Yapper
http://yapper.sachmanya.com/

Web App Tools and Converters

There are many websites that can help you to build your own Web App using templates and tools. Some offer tools that will convert your existing websites into a version suitable for the iPhone. Others will convert your Web App into a Native App. Examples of online tools that require programming knowledge such as HTML, Ruby, Java, Javascript, CSS, Python, PHP are shown below:

Web App Online Tools

TOOL
URL
Cappuccino
http://cappuccino.org/
CiUI (CNET)
http://www.clientcide.com/cnet-js-standards/ciui-cnet-iphone-ui/
EyeMags
http://eyemags.com/em/index.jsp
iUI
http://iphoneized.com/
LiquidGear
http://www.liquidgear.net/
Magic Framework
http://www.jeffmcfadden.com/projects/Magic%20Framework
MobiOne
http://www.genuitec.com/mobile/
Modelbaker
http://www.widgetpress.com/modelbaker
NimbleKit
http://www.nimblekit.com/
PhoneGap
http://www.phonegap.com/
QuickConnect
http://quickconnect.sourceforge.net/browser/index.html
Rhodes
http://rhomobile.com/products/rhodes/
RhoHub
http://rhohub.com
Rhomobile
http://rhomobile.com/
Sproutcore
http://www.sproutcore.com/
UNITYMobile #
http://www.unitymobile.com
XUI
http://www.xoetrope.com/xui

Option 3. Learn to develop your own Applications by learning all the programs and skills yourself.

What skills do you require to develop a successful and profitable iPhone App? As well as programming skills and understanding of the iPhone system you may also need to play the roles of Researcher, Creator and Idea Developer, Entrepreneur, Project Manager, Information Architect, User Information Designer, Accountant, Developer, Marketer and Advertiser. You may need help with some of these aspects.


Here is Skills Checklist

Don't panic there are lost of resources to help you learn.

The first major resource is the Apple iPhone Dev Centre (http://developer.Apple.com/iPhone/index.action) - Once registered you can join the team of Apple Developers and you can access iPhone SDK 3.2 for developing iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Applications. The website offers developers for the new iPhone OS lots of resources including the frameworks, tools, best-practice guidelines, and content-rich design methods for creating innovative and useful iPhone Applications. Some of the resources available are:

Resources for Learning how to Program the iPhone

Books
Online Tutorials and Courses
Face to Face Courses

Check your local University and other education centres for course in developing IPhone Apps. Various course are available for various stages and most require some requisite programming skills or experience. These courses will help you:

Happy Programming!