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An iPhone App Development Tutorial – iPhone Dev Secrets Review

May 27, 2016

If you’re looking for an iphone app development tutorial then you need to read this.

This is my uncensored and uncut review of what I really thought about iPhone Dev Secrets.

Please note this is a review, if you are looking for iPhone Dev Secrets website then click here to check out this great iphone app development tutorial.

Why am I writing this? Well, when I was thinking about buying iPhone Dev Secrets, but there weren’t many real reviews around (or at least none that I had any confidence in) so I thought I’d write one quickly to help any of you who are in the same position I was.

However, I’ll let you know now, in addition to what I really liked, I will be telling you what I thought was really bad, so if that’s something you might not want to hear, then you may as well leave now.

Let me start by saying, if you are someone who is looking for a true iPhone app development tutorial, iPhone Dev Secrets definitely fits the bill. You can have zero experience developing iPhone apps and still be able to follow along step-by-step as they guide you through the iphone app development process.

The course is setup as a series of video tutorials. Each video is accompanied by a pdf download of the script to refer back to. I definitely like this because when I’m watching a video I hate trying to take notes. I’m just lazy that way. But I do like having the ability to watch the videos and read the pdf files to reinforce the content. Plus the pdfs have some extra content that isn’t contained in the videos, so they complement each other nicely and make this a very strong iPhone app development tutorial.

The iphone Dev Secrets iphone app development tutorial is laid out in four sections:

Week 1: “Getting Started”
Week 2: “Programming: It’s Easier Than You Think”
Week 3: “Design Process, Audio and Motion Effects”
Week 4: “Marketing and publishing: How to Promote Your iPhone/iPad Application or Game and Start Making Money”
The four weeks contain a total of 45 videos with accompanying pdf scripts, with each section being broken down into short easily digestible chunks. No hour long videos to try to remember and get lost in and then sift though later to find that one nugget of information you need.

This is hugely important for beginners.

I would go check out their main page by clicking here, where they give you a detailed description of the contents of the course.

You can watch a video and then do what the video has just told you to do and easily watch the short video again to refresh your memory, or like I would do, watch the video and then refer to the pdf script.

I really liked how the very first video covers everything you are going to need to start developing iPhone apps. It tells you what hardware and software you must have and also gives the cost of the key software. I thought this was very useful so you don’t get half way through the course just to realize you don’t have everything you need to get started. I really hate it when that happens.

The overall structure of the course was very well laid out. They don’t just jump right into programming. Right after they tell you what you need to get started they cover how to plan your iPhone app and how to do market research. It’s important to know what the competition is doing and also the types of apps that people are actually downloading. You don’t want to spend loads of time developing what you think is a really cool iPhone app just to find out nobody wants it, or that there are already a hundred other apps that already do the same thing.

If I’ve said enough and you want to check this course out for yourself, just click here to go to the iPhone Dev Secrets official website.

Now, I have to be honest with you. I am not a programmer and quite frankly freaked out at the prospect of having to learn programming, so I was really looking for an iphone app development tutorial that would ease my fears. After going through the videos I really felt a lot more comfortable with the different programming techniques and software packages. The clear step-by-step instructions and on screen tutorials are truly designed for beginners.

A few words of caution to you

Developing an iPhone app is hard work. Obviously having a good idea is a big part of the challenge, but learning to program takes time. You need to be prepared to commit some serious time if you want your project to be successful.

With that said, iPhone Dev Secrets will guide you through this process in great detail and will point you to all the resources you need to build your first iPhone app from start to finish.

Adding Web Content to Your App (UIWebView), Part I — Loading a Page

May 27, 2016

This post answers the following questions:

How do I show a Web page within an app?
How can I have a Web browser without launching Safari?
How can I use an image file from my app bundle inside a UIWebView?
If you’re looking to show HTML content within your app, you’ll be pleased to know that Apple makes things incredibly easy in this regard. The UIWebView object provides you with roughly the same functionality as the standard Safari browser without having to lift a finger.

To begin, either use Interface Builder (IB) to drag a UIWebView onto the desired view, or add it to your view in code:

UIWebView *wWw = [[UIWebView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0, 0, 320, 460)];
[self.view addSubview:wWw];

This will add a full-screen UIWebView to the current view. If you added your view in code, don’t forget to release the object you just allocated when you’re done! You’ll also want to set the delegate for the UIWebView to the current view controller. What this does is it tells the UIWebView that whenever an event happens, it’s the current view controller that gets notified (this should probably be a default, but it’s not!). In IB, drag using the right mouse button from the UIWebView to the View Controller (File’s Owner) and select “delegate”…

…or in code:

wWw.delegate = self;

If you’re using IB, you’ll also need to set up an outlet (a variable that corresponds to your UIWebView instance). In the class definition, add in the following:

IBOutlet UIWebView *wWw;

…and then right drag from the View Controller to the UIWebView and select “wWw.”

Now that your Web view is present and all wired up, you probably want some content in it. You can load content from a local HTML string or from the Internet, both without much difficulty.

To load from an HTML string, you’re going to use the loadHTMLString: method, which looks like this:

[wWw loadHTMLString:@”

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” baseURL:nil];

If you’re simply trying to display HTML formatted content, you’re actually done! You can simply edit the HTML string as desired, and your markup will be displayed as it would in Safari.

If you want to embed images that you’ve put in your app bundle within your HTML, you’ll also need to set the baseURL. Normally when you go to a Web page, you type in an address, or click on a link that contains an address, and your browser “knows” where you are. If you were to type:

…in your HTML, your browser would know that you really want to show http://[server]/[current_dir]/410logo.png. When you’re loading an HTML string into a UIWebView, there’s no way for the UIWebView to know where it is unless you tell it, and if you want local images to show, you simply pass it the path of the local app bundle:

[wWw loadHTMLString:@”

” baseURL:[NSURL fileURLWithPath:[[NSBundle mainBundle] bundlePath]]];

We’re all about succinct code here at FourTen, so we actually did several things in that one line above. We got the application bundle path using [[NSBundle mainBundle] bundlePath], and then we used that to create an NSURL object. That NSURL object becomes our new baseURL, and now, local images will show. The code above will get you:

To show a remote Web page, it’s just as easy, if not easier. You’ll need the following:

[wWw loadRequest:[NSURLRequest requestWithURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@”http://www.fourtentech.com/”]]];

We’ve also done several things in this line: we created a NSURL from a string, used that to create an NSURLRequest, and fed that to loadRequest. As long as your device or simulator has Internet access, you’ll end up here:

This is a four-part series on the UIWebView — please check back for more if you’re looking to go deeper.

12 Steps to Creating Your First iPhone App

May 27, 2016

In my last article I gave a review of a great iphone app developer tutorial called iphone Dev Secrets. Click here to read that article now. Today I want to share a great article I found on the How To Create Your First iPhone Application. If you are new to the app developer world, it can be a bit daunting. It’s always nice to have a road map to guide you so you know you are doing the right things. In this article they go through the key steps involved in creating an iPhone app. Some of the steps include:
Have an Idea – seems obvious but I’m sure a lot of people want to create apps and think they have a great idea, but really don’t.
Do Your Homework – Market Research – make sure there is actually a need for the app you want to create.
Know the iPhone User Interface – it’s hard to design an effective app for a tool that you don’t know how to use yourself.
and many more

WATCH TV ONLINE ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE WITH SPB TV

May 27, 2016

These days, the world is getting more mobile and at times you just don’t have time to watch your favorite TV series or TV program from your conventional TV. It could be because you work outdoor that you might not have time to turn on your TV every day just to watch what you like. As a result, you might miss many things that you like and it’s very inconvenient. Of course you might watch TV in your office but it won’t feel the same as you have to watch what other people watch. For that reason, watch TV online is without a doubt what you need. With it, you can watch TV directly from your mobile devices such as smartphone or tablet yet the performance is satisfying that you can never recall how your life used to be without it.

With SPB TV, you will get an app that will enable you to watch TV through your mobile devices 24/7. This app offers you the ability to view multi-screen IP and OTT TV video and playback from various screens such as mobile, desktop, and conventional TV. As a result, you will be able to watch TV whenever you want and with any device you have. Not only that, you also might get free trial for this app so that you can be more certain that this app is indeed what you need. SPB TV also provides a convenient interface so that you can access all thing related to the mobile TV from your phone. Also, it is cloud-based technologies and it also supports video broadcasting so that you can contact the service and advanced middleware services should any trouble occurs.

By using this app, you will get free mobile TV that will satisfy your need for watching TV conveniently. The interface is also something that you will enjoy because the design is appealing and it’s also highly functional. You can watch live TV as well as videos with this wonderful app. Since it’s provided also for mobile TV, you can expect it to function in almost all mobile platform, be it Android, Windows Phone, Symbian, iOS, and many more. It also has a high quality performance in any condition and situation. And since it has been operated since 2007, the app has done many observations on which technologies are important. Therefore, you can sit back and relax and have a wonderful TV experience in your favorite gadget.

iPhone Developer Updates

May 27, 2016

The iPhone maker is No. 17 in revenues and No. 3 in profits on the Fortune 500, passing blue-chip tech stalwart IBM.

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the third-generation iPad.
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the third-generation iPad.

(Credit: Donald Bell/CNET)

Apple’s is movin’ on up the Fortune 500 list, passing computer heavyweight IBM.

Apple landed at No. 17, up from No. 35, in terms of 2011 revenue, which was a cool $ 108.2 billion.

To put Apple’s meteoric rise into perspective, blue-chip tech stalwart IBM dropped one spot to No. 19, with 2011 revenues of $ 106.9 billion.

And Hewlett-Packard is also feeling the heat from Apple. Though Apple’s Silicon Valley neighbor moved up one spot to No. 10, with revenue of $ 127.2 billion, HP is not the profit juggernaut that Apple is.

Apple was No.3 on the list in terms of profits ($ 25.9 billion), only topped by the two oil giants, Exxon and Chevron. HP was ranked No. 24. Apple also bested IBM, which was No. 9 on the list of the most profitable companies.

Microsoft also ranked right up there with Apple on profitability: the software company was No.4 with $ 23.1 billion in profits (but was only No. 37 in terms of revenue).

So, what’s driving Apple’s success? “Under CEO Tim Cook, the company continued pumping out new products — like a significantly upgraded version of the iPad tablet,” said Fortune.

Fortune continued. “Apple nearly doubled its earnings per share in 2011, compared to 2010. That helped nudge management to announce plans for the firm’s first dividend since 1995, returning some of the $ 97.6 billion in cash it had accumulated.”

Apple’s gross margin — an important indicator of profitability — rose to 47.4 percent in the most recent quarter, compared to 41.4 percent in the year-ago quarter.

And Apple said that it sold 11.8 million iPads during the most recent quarter, a 151 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter.

Exxon Mobile: $ 41 billion
Chevron: $ 26.9 billion
Apple: $ 25.9 billion
Microsoft: $ 23 billion
Ford Motor: $ 20.2 billion

IPHONE DEVELOPERS

May 27, 2016

When Steve Jobs revealed the Apple iPhone 4G during his 2010 Keynote address, the announcement was met with much speculation and skepticism. Why now? Why so soon? Why the necessity? These are just some of the questions that greeted the advent of the newest model in Apple’s flagship line.

But in this iPhone 4G review, we wish to assure you, the prospective end user, that the newest iteration of the popular handheld device truly, certainly, absolutely, undoubtedly ROCKS!

Stop asking how to afford an iPhone 4G. There are many ways to score a free iPhone 4G anyway, which we will discuss later on. For now, take a look at 10 fabulous reasons why you should own the next incarnation of the world’s most popular mobile phone.

1. Video calling. This is, perhaps, the most exciting addition to the Apple iPhone 4G. With the addition of a front camera, video calling is now possible. You can use IM video conferencing, video calls allowed by your network, or Apple’s proprietary video chat application, the iChat.

2. Sexier design. The iPhone 4G is said to be 25% lighter and thinner than previous models. Aesthetically, this would mean a sleeker, sexier design. Functionally, this would also mean that people with delicate hands – particularly females – will have an easier time handling the device.

3. Longer battery life. For this iPhone 4G review, the longer battery life promised by Apple is the clincher. After all, our enjoyment of this cellphone greatly depends on how long we can use it. With more than 30% battery life added to the unit, we can be guaranteed of a longer time in enjoying the new things that the iPhone 4G can offer.

4. Front cam applications. Of course, the front camera isn’t only good for video calling. A slew of applications are now being developed to make good use of this new feature. Imagine, a game where you – with your exact likeness – would be the protagonist. Or a real time makeover app? The possibilities are endless.

5. Higher resolution. The unit boasts of a 960 x 540 resolution, a fantastic dimension for mobile devices. HD videos would look amazing on the iPhone 4G’s new OLED screen. And with the improved HD audio playback promised by Apple, you can have a marvelous multimedia experience on the go!

6. Better camera. Improved to 5 megapixels, the newest version of the popular product just made an already impressive image capturing feature even more powerful and noteworthy! Also, the 4G model now has a flash!

7. Lower price, with no subscription plans. At $199 for 32GB and $299 for 64GB, this should put a stop to searches for answers to the question how to buy an iPhone without subscription. You’re free to choose a telecommunications network you’re comfortable with, and you won’t have to worry about a restrictive lock-in period.

8. Better WiFi connectivity. The newest model will finally support 802.11n, which will make it at par with its current generation rivals, the Google Nexus One and HTC HD2.

9. Multitasking capabilities. Tired of having to close an app just to open up a new one? Well, the 4G model will finally, FINALLY allow you to multitask, i.e. to open up several applications simultaneously. This iPhone 4G review’s reaction can be summarized in 3 words: it’s about time!

10. The small things that pack a wallop. Unified mailbox. A folder for apps. New wallpaper and background options. True GPS built in. These are just some of the many more software additions to the model, making it the best iteration of the product to date.

iPhone App Marketing Analysis

May 27, 2016

iPhone App Marketing – Analytical Skills You’ll Need

Start with a Dream (and a Spreadsheet)
How you’ll make money
Where you’ll spend money
What you’ll track
Start with a Dream (and a Spreadsheet)

It’s just as important to be analytical as it is creative when creating iPhone apps. You’ll need to build projections to know whether you’ve got a hobby or a real business on your hands.

Here are some questions you need to analyze:

How much will it really cost me* to create my app?
How much will a customer really be worth to me?
How much will it cost me to get new app downloads?
*I’m not sure if it’s for lack of planning but I talk to and hear about many developers who spend all their money on building their app with no money to market it. This is a sad place to be in. I’m convinced if you want to be an app development company you’ll need $5k-$50k per month to market your apps. If this is more of a hobby you can rely on more gorilla (free app marketing) tactics.

Notes – according to W3i, it costs anywhere from $30,000-$300,000 to develop an app

How’ll You’ll Make Money

It is essential that you:

Investigate the different ways your app will generate revenue
Create low/medium/high estimates for these revenue sources
You evaluate the tradeoffs numerically
What are the different ways you can generate revenue?

In app advertising
Free apps with upgrades to paid
Free apps with in app purchases
Virtual currency
First I’m a big believer in free apps (not having just a paid app).

I’ve seen many developers get deep into development with a paid app, not realizing how hard it would be to promote that app. I’d encourage you to search for developers that share about what they are learning.

Where You’ll Spend Money

Before getting started you’ll need a budget. If you’re getting a quote for development leave extra budget. You don’t want to spend 30% over on development, just to realize that you’ve got no money to market your app.

Here is what a summary development budget might look like:

I encourage you to analyze every marketing dollar you plan to spend and don’t spend much if you can’t analyze it. For example, because I can track cost per download with Admob, I usually test there. Because I can’t track cost per download with Facebook ads, I never test Facebook ads.

Here is how your lil tracking spreadsheet might look for a test:

What You’ll Track

If this is going to be more than a hobby you’ll want to track and analyze metrics at a minimum monthly.

Here is a REALLY simple chart of what you might track and the questions you might ask yourself.

Questions you might ask & take action from:

1) Is revenue trending up or down and why?
2) Is cost/download trending up or down and why?
3) What can I do to increase my revenue?
4) What can I do to decrease my cost/download?

Don’t be offended if this is too simple…it’s just food for thought. Track what’s important to moving your business forward.

In Summary

During all phases of app marketing (from conception to launch and so on), knowing your numbers and making decisions by them is essential.

Game Dev Story – Game Development In Your Hands

May 27, 2016

Overview

We play games all the time, but have you ever thought of the intricate process to bring the game to you? Well now you can play the part of managing a development studio to create games for the latest consoles in an attempt to make a top selling game. You hire the staff, train them, and then try to grow your studio with independent contracts and developing your own games with combinations of many different genres.
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Features

The game is a simulation over a 20 year time period with about one year per hour ratio. There are multiple game positions with coders, writers, graphics, and sounds and each game has four main categories to develop for with fun, creativity, graphics, and sound.

The game development cycle begins with choosing the genre and style, and then choosing the writer, with development up to alpha stage. Then you choose the character designer, then develop to beta stage when you choose sound, and then debug, and send it off to reviewers. You can add in advertising at any time to build your fan base, and you can train and level up your staff.
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The Good

The game is so easy and simple to pick up with such a great theme that is a solid connection to anyone who’s interested in the game industry. The game is set up so everyone can understand every aspect, and then excel at the game. You start your staff with the main positions, and then try to upgrade the main skill set as much as you can.

Money is hard to come by at the start, as well as the ability to make good games, so you’ll want to start by contracting out your services. Once you get a few years in, money is less of a concern, and you can really start to make great games. As your staff works away in front of computers, icons pop up above their heads regarding which aspect of the game they’ve improved, and you care so much to see the ratings increase in each of the four game categories.
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Once you start Game Dev Story it’s tough to put it back down as it’s so easy to move on to the next development cycle, and improving on what you just did. There are all kinds of game genres to mix and match with, and you can always improve the attributes of your staff to make your next game that much better. The speed of the game is such that you’ll always want to have your staff working, and so you start a new project rather than exiting out the app, and the game is set up so well to do this over and over.

There is never a dull moment in the game with always something you can be doing. Then there are award shows and conferences to attend, and new consoles are always released. The game doesn’t have the most advanced graphics, but the classic bit style is very well polished.
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It’s great to see your workers catch on fire, and spur on some really good development. There is a very deluxe soundtrack with a lot of various tracks that fits well with this sim game.

The Bad

Maybe the worst aspect is that you can really become hooked on this game, and play it for hours on end, so be warned. The graphics don’t even fill the whole iPhone screen which is a little disappointing making some of the scrollable options tough to operate. You can tap in a wrong place from time to time with such small tap points.

The Verdict

Game Dev Story is an outstanding simulation game, and may be the best sim game in the App Store with such a great theme. The game is set up extremely well, there’s never have a dull moment with constant action on your part you just can’t put down. The game development process has you so involved that you really care about your fictitious games and staff.

3 Essential Tips to Boost Your App Store Profits

May 27, 2016

Are you looking for the best way to sell your app in the App Store? Many developers jump in blindly and overlook the simple things they can do to increase their profits by selling more apps.

In this article, we’ll show you the three key steps to set yourself up for success when selling your iPhone or iPad app. These essential ingredients can help you get more exposure for your app and increase your sales from day one.

With more than 150,000 apps currently being sold in the App Store, you need every advantage you can get to stand out and be noticed. Read on to learn how to take the first crucial steps to turning your latest app into a bestseller.

1. Think like your customer

After all the hours you are spending coding and testing your iPhone app, you know it inside out. But your potential customers do not know a thing about it yet. How are you going to sell your app to your eager audience of App Store shoppers?

While there are many ways to get the word out about your app, the one thing you should remember when doing any marketing is that to be successful, you must think like your customers.

Take yourself out of your shoes and try on your customer’s. What will really make your app appeal to them? How you sell your app is all about how you communicate what it is to people.

When selling your iPhone app, aim to be clear and compelling every time you talk to shoppers. By putting their needs ahead of your own, you will win over more buyers and accelerate your sales.

2. Do a little every day

Successfully selling your app can seem like an overwhelming task. There are so many marketing activities to try, who has time for them all?

When you want to boost your sales, do not worry about trying to do everything at once. There is so much you could do to help you increase your profits that you might just burn out by trying to do too much.

Instead, commit yourself to do just a little something each day. Marketing your app works best when it is a sustained effort, not a sprint.

By doing one thing every day to promote your app – whether it is submitting to a review site, working on your search engine marketing, or improving your App Store description – you will be amazed at how much you accomplish in a week. You will feel great and that momentum will push you to go further.

3. Don’t ignore your competition

At the same time you are selling your app, thousands of other developers are doing the same. App Store shoppers have become more choosy about the apps they will download and buy – there are over 150,000 to choose from after all – meaning you will need to keep an eye out for what your competitors are doing.

Before you launch your app and also when it’s live in the App Store, carefully watch the other apps in your category or that appeal to the same audience as yours. Here are some important things to look for: Did they raise or lower their app prices? Are they adding new features that you do not have? Do they hold sales or special promotions? Do they offer a free or “lite” version?

What you do to respond to your competitors can make the difference between winning new customers or losing sales. By keeping a close eye on your competition, you will be ready to make the most of every advantage you have.

Selling your app is an ongoing journey. Put these three opportunities into action today and start earning all the sales you deserve every step of the way.

App Developers in UK: Who They Are and What They Accomplish

April 3, 2016

app developmentThe job of an app developer isn’t different, no matter where you are on the planet. The smartphone industry has grown so much in the past couple of years that there is more demand than there is a supply, and the services offered on the smartphone in the form of applications are ever changing, ever growing and getting better with each year.

The app developer works really hard to make his and his client’s idea blossom. This context is about the App Developers from UK, who have made some of the best apps to dominate every market in this world.

Contributions of UK app developers in the world

The UK app economy was more than 4 billion pounds in the year 2014. It steadily grew to a hefty 7 billion pounds by Q1 2016.

The contributing factors to this figure are revenues generated by app companies in UK through app store sales, in app purchases, advertising, pay-per-click ads, sponsored and commissioned app development and affiliate sales programs. The UK accounts for a huge 18% of app developers and boast a 32% of app revenues in EU28. UK app developers earn 75% more revenues than EU28 average cut off.

More than half of UK developers generate revenues from outside sources, i.e. from sales outside Great Britain and Europe. In retrospect, 38% of app developers in Germany and 12% of French developers generate their revenues from outside the continent.

An estimated 8300 companies are actively engaged in developing apps for the numerous clients they cater to, and a significant amount of these companies are a one man show. All of these companies account for more than 400,000 people actively engaged in app development in UK, which is an increase from the mere 110,000, most of whom took app development as a hobby or as a part time.

Skills needed for becoming an app developer in UK

App developers in UK, apart from having knowledge in iOS, Windows and Android and other OS, they know SQL, JAVA, C# and .Net Architecture. UK companies stress heavily on UI/UX development and hire graphics designers as well.

The median salary in UK for app developers is 35,000 pounds, and most people earn more in a year. App developers move to other challenging jobs after having a 5 to 10 year experience in app development. The app development market in UK is flourishing by the years and it is far from being saturated. The market potential for app developers in UK is big enough for a headlining revenue number.

Best companies to work for as app developers in UK

Some of the best few companies are listed here:

DMI: Located in London, this is one of the best companies driving technical growth through smartphones.

Mubaloo: Another company in London, this company has a relatively low employee count but is high on quality products.

Intellectsoft: Based in London, their tagline is “Developing Serious Software Solutions”. Needless to say, they are one of the best app developers around.