Apple's iPhone App Store opens for business
It already boasts 552 applications, with 24% of them free downloads
Among the first wave applications are AOL's AIM instant messaging client; Apple's own Remote, which lets users control iTunes on a Mac or PC using an iPhone or iPod Touch; and the location app Where. Of the 552 applications currently showing in the store, 134 can be downloaded free of charge; the most expensive, My Life Record, a personal medical records system, sells for $49.99.
As of 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, four of the five most popular applications on App Store were games: Super Monkey Ball, Cro-Mag Rally, Enigmo and Texas Hold'em. In the second spot, however, is MLB.com At Bat, which delivers real-time scores and video highlights of Major League games.
Although the App Store is live in iTunes, it's currently hard to find from the latter's home page. This link, however, leads users to all iPhone applications; from there, click on "App Store" in the bar immediately above the display area.
The strong debut of App Store isn't surprising, said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst at Technology Business Research Inc. "Everybody is building something for this thing," said Gottheil. "This is a very rapidly growing platform, and every developer and his brother is writing code. Plus, Apple is giving them a [distribution] channel. Some of them may be complaining about the 30%, but 30% to cover all the marketing is a great deal."
Apple, which introduced the App Store in March, lets developers set the price for their wares or, if they want, give them away. But it takes 30% of the revenues for providing the marketing muscle and App Store bandwidth. A program's developer keeps the remaining 70% of any income.
Although the App Store is currently available from iTunes 7.7, it will also be accessible directly from an iPhone or iPod Touch when those devices' firmware is upgraded to version 2.0. That upgrade, which will also add Exchange synchronization features to the iPhone, will be released later today or early Friday, in time for the rollout of the new iPhone 3G. Some users, in fact, have reported that they were able to grab the 2.0 update from Apple's servers.
The 2.0 upgrade will be free to iPhone owners, but iPod Touch users must fork over $9.95 for the update.
- Continuing coverage: Apple launches the iPhone 3G
- 11 cool new apps for the iPhone
- Review: The iPhone 3G was worth the wait
- Elgan: iPhone, schmiPhone -- I just want better call quality
- iPhone 'tsunami' set to wash over rivals, says survey
- iPhone 3G activations in U.S. trouble-plagued
- iPhone 3G buyers? Doctors, teachers, sales persons and engineers
- iPhone 3G debuts, some glitches reported
- iPhone 3G: The unexpurgated arrival-day FAQ
- Blog post: Others get iPhone 3G. I get iBrick 2
- Blog post: Choosing Where to Buy an iPhone 3G
Read more about Macintosh in Computerworld's Macintosh Topic Center.
- The New Business Case for Video Conferencing: 7 Real-World Benefits Beyond Cost-Savings This whitepaper provides insight into the value of video conferencing in today's business environment, and how organizations are using visual collaboration to find...
- Gartner Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools The client management tool market is maturing and evolving to adapt to consumerization, desktop virtualization, and an ongoing need to improve efficiency.
- Audit Ready and Asset Optimized: The Solid Promise of an Intelligent Software Asset Management Solution In this paper Frost & Sullivan examines the benefits of enterprise-grade Software Asset Management solutions, and how these solutions serve as the convergence...
- Pragmatic Endpoint Management: Empowering an SMB Workforce in the Age of Mobility Lacking the time for proper training and education, SMB administrators often resort to taking shortcuts to keep their environment running.This paper discusses the...
- LIVE EVENT: 5/7, The End of Data Protection As We Know It. Introducing a Next Generation Data Protection Architecture. Traditional backup is going away, but where does this leave end-users?
- On-demand webinar: "Mobility Mayhem: Balancing BYOD with Enterprise Security" Check out this on-demand webinar to hear Sophos senior security expert John Shier deep dive into how BYOD impacts your enterprise security strategy... All Macintosh White Papers | Webcasts