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InfoBeans
Mobile

   Development

      Prac6ce

iPhone
Apps
and
their

    development

        FAQs

<<
About


Aim
of
this
presenta6on

•  iPhone
is
a
rela6vely
new
pla>orm
and
many
of
us
are
not

   aware
of
the
pla>orm,
...
<<
FAQs


What
is
an
iPhone
app?

•  An
iPhone
app
is
a
program
that
runs
on
your
iPhone.
It

   enables
you
to
accomplish...
<<
FAQs


How
do
I
get
these
apps?

•  Install
iTunes
(soTware
from
Apple)
on
your
Windows
or
Mac

   computer

•  You
cre...
<<
FAQs


Why
should
I
build
an
iPhone
app
in
the
first
place?

•  It
has
become
a
great
new
marke6ng
and
distribu6on
mecha...
<<
FAQs


How
do
we
build
an
iPhone
app?

•  iPhone
apps
are
built
using
technologies
from
Apple

   –  Cocoa
framework

 ...
<<
FAQs

What
do
I
need
to
tell
you,
if
I
want
to
start
building

an
app?

•  To
start
building
an
app

    –    Sign
an
N...
<<
FAQs


Who
submits
the
app
to
the
App
Store?

•  We
can,
or
you
can

•  We
will
gladly
help
you
submit
the
app
to
the
a...
<<
FAQs


Do
you
charge
a
recurring
fee?

•  No,
we
do
not

•  Our
fee
is
a
one
6me
fee,
that
covers
the
cost
of
design
an...
<<
FAQs


Do
you
sign
an
NDA?
How
do
I
protect
my
idea?

•  Yes,
we
will
gladly
sign
an
NDA
–
and
actually
encourage

   s...
<<
FAQs


How
much
will
it
cost
to
build
my
app?

•  Again,
it
depends,
on
what
you
have
set
out
to
build

•  It
can
cost
...
<<
FAQs


How
do
I
distribute
my
app?

•  Once
your
app
is
built,
you
submit
it
to
the
App
Store
for

   review
and
approv...
<<
FAQs


Is
my
idea
already
on
the
App
Store?
How
can
I
find
out?



•  Search
on
App
Store
(in
iTunes,
top
right,
there
i...
<<
FAQs


Do
you
help
in
marke6ng
the
app?

•  Yes,
we
do

•  We
can
help
you
create
a
marke6ng
strategy
around
your
app

...
<<
FAQs


What
happens
aTer
the
app
is
submifed
to
the
App
Store
for
review?



•  Apple
reviews
the
app
and
will
approve
...
<<
FAQs


What
does
Apple
charge
for
submiXng
the
app?

•  Nothing

•  You
do
need
an
account
on
the
Apple
AppStore
for
wh...
<<
FAQs


Is
there
a
recurring
app
hos6ng
fee
that
Apple
charges?


•  No

•  You
do
not
get
charged
anything
for
free
app...
<<
FAQs


How
do
I
know
how
many
6mes
my
app
has
been
downloaded?


•  Apple
provides
you
monthly,
weekly
and
daily
report...
<<
FAQs


Will
my
app
be
approved
by
Apple?

•  Most
likely
it
will

•  Some
of
the
reasons
it
might
not
be
approved
are

...
<<
FAQs


What
if
my
App
is
not
approved
by
Apple?

•  Well,
hard
luck

•  Apple
some6mes
gives
reasons
for
why
it
has
not...
<<
FAQs


How
do
I
know
if
my
idea
is
feasible
or
not?

•  We
help
you
do
a
free
ini6al
feasibility
study

•  In
most
case...
<<
FAQs


Can
the
same
app
be
used
on
other
mobile
phones?


•  The
exact
same
app
cannot
be
used
as
is
on
other
mobile

 ...
<<
FAQs


What
is
the
difference
between
a
web
app
and
a
na6ve
app?


•  A
web
app
runs
inside
a
browser
and
always
needs
a...
<<
FAQs

My
app
needs
to
talk/interact
with
my
external
website/database.
Is

that
possible?


•  Yes,
it
is
possible.
The...
<<
FAQs

Can
I
create
a
lite
and
a
paid
versin
of
my
app?
Would
it
cost
a
lot

more?


•  Yes
you
can
and
in
many
cases
yo...
<<
FAQs

How
do
we
manage
updates
to
the
app?
What
happens
if
I
wanted
to

add
a
new
feature?


•  Updates
are
built
and
p...
<<
FAQs


Once
you
develop
the
app,
who
owns
the
app?


•  You
own
the
app

•  We
hold
rights
to
the
app
only
6ll
we
are
p...
<<
FAQs


Will
I
get
the
source
code
to
the
app?
When?


•  You
own
the
app,
it
is
your
source
code

•  As
soon
as
you
pay...
<<
FAQs


Will
you
help
me
upload
the
app
to
the
the
App
Store


•  Yes,
we
will

•  We
will
use
your
account
to
upload
th...
<<
For
more
informa2on


For
more
informa6on

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  1. 1. InfoBeans
Mobile
 Development
 Prac6ce
 iPhone
Apps
and
their
 development
 FAQs

  2. 2. <<
About
 Aim
of
this
presenta6on
 •  iPhone
is
a
rela6vely
new
pla>orm
and
many
of
us
are
not
 aware
of
the
pla>orm,
its
capabili6es,
the
way
Apple
works
 and
so
on.
This
presenta6on
aims
to
help
answer
some
of
 these
ques6ons
 10/10/09
 2

  3. 3. <<
FAQs
 What
is
an
iPhone
app?
 •  An
iPhone
app
is
a
program
that
runs
on
your
iPhone.
It
 enables
you
to
accomplish
a
certain
task
 •  They
could
be
u6lity
apps,
games,
enterprise
apps,
 entertainment
apps,
apps
to
access
your
bank
account
etc
 •  As
Apple
says
–
there
is
an
app
for
everything
 •  Some
popular
apps
are
 –  Facebook
–
social
networking
 –  Doodle
Buddy
–
drawing

 –  Pandora
Radio
–
radio
on
your
iPhone
 –  Yelp
–
restaurant
reviews
 10/10/09
 3

  4. 4. <<
FAQs
 How
do
I
get
these
apps?
 •  Install
iTunes
(soTware
from
Apple)
on
your
Windows
or
Mac
 computer
 •  You
create
an
account
on
iTunes
 10/10/09
 4

  5. 5. <<
FAQs
 Why
should
I
build
an
iPhone
app
in
the
first
place?
 •  It
has
become
a
great
new
marke6ng
and
distribu6on
mechanism
that
can
 give
your
business
a
whole
new
way
of
transac6ng
business
and
geXng
 your
brand
known
in
front
of
millions
of
users
 •  iPhones
are
the
market
leaders
in
the
smart
phone
segment
 •  The
iPhone
user
group
is
the
most
influen6al
buying
demographic
 –  Students
 –  Execu6ves
and
professionals
 –  Enthusiasts
 •  The
iPhone
has
become
a
great
device
to
surf
the
internet,
play
games,
 interact
with
social
networks
and
transact
business
 •  The
iPhone
has
unique
features
that
your
app
can
take
advantage
of
 •  Most
apps
made
for
the
iPhone
also
run
on
the
iPod
Touch,
thereby
 further
increasing
the
market
you
are
catering
to
 10/10/09
 5

  6. 6. <<
FAQs
 How
do
we
build
an
iPhone
app?
 •  iPhone
apps
are
built
using
technologies
from
Apple
 –  Cocoa
framework
 –  Objec6ve
C
 –  Tools
supplied
by
Apple
to
develop,
test
and
distribute
 10/10/09
 6

  7. 7. <<
FAQs
 What
do
I
need
to
tell
you,
if
I
want
to
start
building
 an
app?
 •  To
start
building
an
app
 –  Sign
an
NDA
with
us
–
we
want
to
protect
your
idea
 –  Talk
to
us
about
your
idea
 –  Enumerate
the
features
that
you
would
like
to
see
in
your
app
 –  We
will
get
back
to
you
with
what
it
would
take
to
build
the
app
 –  Enlist
a
budget
 –  Priori6ze
the
features
that
are
cri6cal
 •  Once
we
receive
the
informa6on
from
you,
we
will
give
you
a
budget
and
 6me
line
 •  We
will
work
with
you
at
each
of
the
above
steps
to
achieve
your
business
 objec6ve
 •  We
do
not
have
a
set
“requirements”
template.
We
encourage
you
to
just
 write
your
idea
as
either
a
mind
map
or
a
bullet
list
 10/10/09
 7

  8. 8. <<
FAQs
 Who
submits
the
app
to
the
App
Store?
 •  We
can,
or
you
can
 •  We
will
gladly
help
you
submit
the
app
to
the
app
store
 •  You
can
use
our
account,
but
we
recommend
that
you
use
 your
account
–
it
is
just
befer,
cleaner
and
gives
you
more
 control
 •  If
your
app
is
a
paid
app,
you
have
to
use
your
own
account.
 We
will
s6ll
help
you
submit
the
app
to
the
App
Store
 •  It
generally
takes
a
couple
of
hours
to
actually
submit
the
app
 10/10/09
 8

  9. 9. <<
FAQs
 Do
you
charge
a
recurring
fee?
 •  No,
we
do
not
 •  Our
fee
is
a
one
6me
fee,
that
covers
the
cost
of
design
and
 development
or
whatever
we
commit
to
you
in
the
SOW.
 •  Once
we
do
our
part
of
the
work,
there
are
no
recurring
fees
 that
we
charge
our
clients
 •  If
you
want
us
to
do
extra
work
–
feature
addi6on,
 maintenance
etc,
we
will
let
you
know
in
advance
what
the
 costs
will
be
 10/10/09
 9

  10. 10. <<
FAQs
 Do
you
sign
an
NDA?
How
do
I
protect
my
idea?
 •  Yes,
we
will
gladly
sign
an
NDA
–
and
actually
encourage
 signing
it
 •  This
is
a
mutual
NDA
that
protects
all
stakeholders
 •  We
will
not
run
away
with
your
idea
–
it
is
not
how
our
 business
works.
We
build
apps
for
our
clients.
We
very
rarely
 put
our
own
apps
on
the
App
Store
 •  We
will
not
disclose
your
idea
to
anyone
outside
our
 organiza6on
 •  We
have
a
reputa6on
at
stake
and
we
will
do
all
to
maintain
 our
stellar
reputa6on
 10/10/09
 10

  11. 11. <<
FAQs
 How
much
will
it
cost
to
build
my
app?
 •  Again,
it
depends,
on
what
you
have
set
out
to
build
 •  It
can
cost
a
few
hundred
to
a
few
thousand
dollars
 •  We
will
gladly
give
you
a
discount
if
 –  You
agree
to
prominently
credit
us
in
your
app
and
your
website
 –  You
contract
with
us
to
build
more
than
one
app
 •  Talk
to
us
–
we
will
help
you
build
an
app
well
within
your
 budget.
Our
clients
are
oTen
surprised
by
our
pricing.
You
 could
be
as
well!
 10/10/09
 11

  12. 12. <<
FAQs
 How
do
I
distribute
my
app?
 •  Once
your
app
is
built,
you
submit
it
to
the
App
Store
for
 review
and
approval
from
Apple
 •  Once
Apple
approves,
it
appears
on
the
App
Store
in
iTunes
 •  It
can
be
downloaded
from
there
 •  You
can
send
your
friends
a
link
to
the
app
 •  You
can
put
the
link
on
Facebook,
Twifer
etc
and
let
the
 world
know
about
your
app
 10/10/09
 12

  13. 13. <<
FAQs
 Is
my
idea
already
on
the
App
Store?
How
can
I
find
out?

 •  Search
on
App
Store
(in
iTunes,
top
right,
there
is
a
search
bar) 
 using
keywords
that
could
be
related
to
your
idea
 •  You
will
know
if
an
app
like
yours
already
exists
 •  But
do
not
stop
there
 –  See
if
your
app
can
be
built
in
a
befer
manner
 –  See
if
you
can
market
your
app
befer
–
if
you
do
not
know
about
that
 app,
chances
are
that
it
is
not
marketed
properly
 •  Talk
to
us
–
we
might
be
able
to
help
you
differen6ate
your
 app
or
build
something
that
is
befer,
or
even
give
you
6ps
on
 how
to
market
your
app
befer

 10/10/09
 13

  14. 14. <<
FAQs
 Do
you
help
in
marke6ng
the
app?
 •  Yes,
we
do
 •  We
can
help
you
create
a
marke6ng
strategy
around
your
app
 •  What’s
more,
we
will
help
you
with
your
idea
to

 –  Make
it
viral
 –  Incorporate
marke6ng
elements
that
can
help
your
app
generate
 direct
or
indirect
business
 –  Integrate
your
app
with
your
exis6ng
website
to
reinforce
your
 distribu6on
mechanism
 10/10/09
 14

  15. 15. <<
FAQs
 What
happens
aTer
the
app
is
submifed
to
the
App
Store
for
review?
 •  Apple
reviews
the
app
and
will
approve
it
or
reject
it
 •  It
generally
takes
anywhere
between
7
–
28
days
(some6mes
more,
 some6mes
less)
to
get
a
response
 •  Apple
might
get
back
to
you
asking
for
more
informa6on
 •  Apple
review
policies
are
not
known,
but
they
oTen
do
check
for
 bugs
(app
crashing),
copyright
infringement,
explicit
material
(adult
 content)
etc
 •  We,
as
developers
of
the
app
do
not
have
any
control
on
the
 approval
process
–
we
can
just
guess
 •  If
your
app
is
straigh>orward
and
does
not
violate
any
copyrights
 and
does
not
have
any
adult
content,
it
should
get
approved
 10/10/09
 15

  16. 16. <<
FAQs
 What
does
Apple
charge
for
submiXng
the
app?
 •  Nothing
 •  You
do
need
an
account
on
the
Apple
AppStore
for
which
 there
is
a
one
6me
$99
fee.
 •  You
can
upload
any
number
of
apps
aTer
you
get
this
account
 10/10/09
 16

  17. 17. <<
FAQs
 Is
there
a
recurring
app
hos6ng
fee
that
Apple
charges?
 •  No
 •  You
do
not
get
charged
anything
for
free
apps
 •  For
paid
apps,
apple
gets
30%
of
the
cost
of
the
app,
each
 6me
it
is
downloaded.
You
get
70%
 10/10/09
 17

  18. 18. <<
FAQs
 How
do
I
know
how
many
6mes
my
app
has
been
downloaded?
 •  Apple
provides
you
monthly,
weekly
and
daily
reports
 •  They
also
provide
you
with
other
informa6on
like
loca6on
the
 app
was
downloaded
from,
date
and
6me
etc
 10/10/09
 18

  19. 19. <<
FAQs
 Will
my
app
be
approved
by
Apple?
 •  Most
likely
it
will
 •  Some
of
the
reasons
it
might
not
be
approved
are
 –  Explicit
adult
content
 –  Bugs
 –  Trying
to
recreate
the
iPhone
func6onality
in
your
app
to
circumvent
 their
own
apps
 –  Use
of
unpublished
APIs
 •  This
is
not
an
exhaus6ve
list.
Apple
is
not
consistent
in
its
 approval
policies
 •  We
cannot
guarantee
it,
no
one
can
 10/10/09
 19

  20. 20. <<
FAQs
 What
if
my
App
is
not
approved
by
Apple?
 •  Well,
hard
luck
 •  Apple
some6mes
gives
reasons
for
why
it
has
not
been
 approved.
We
can
help
you
analyze
the
situa6on
and
work
 with
you
to
find
a
solu6on
 •  There
is
only
one
genuine
Apple
App
Store,
so
you
cannot
 really
take
your
applica6on
elsewhere
 10/10/09
 20

  21. 21. <<
FAQs
 How
do
I
know
if
my
idea
is
feasible
or
not?
 •  We
help
you
do
a
free
ini6al
feasibility
study
 •  In
most
cases,
we
can
tell
if
your
main
idea
is
feasible
or
not
 before
we
start
the
app
 •  If
we
cannot
determine
feasibility
earlier
on,
we
will
let
you
 know
upfront
how
much
it
will
cost
to
determine
feasibility
 and
then
proceed
to
build
the
app
 10/10/09
 21

  22. 22. <<
FAQs
 Can
the
same
app
be
used
on
other
mobile
phones?
 •  The
exact
same
app
cannot
be
used
as
is
on
other
mobile
 phones
 •  But
we
can
help
you
port
the
app
to
other
pla>orms
like
the
 Blackberry,
Android
or
Windows
Mobile
 •  Generally
the
cost
of
por6ng
is
lower
than
the
cost
of
building
 the
first
app,
as
you
can
reuse
the
logic
and
some
por6ons
of
 the
code
as
is
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FAQs
 What
is
the
difference
between
a
web
app
and
a
na6ve
app?
 •  A
web
app
runs
inside
a
browser
and
always
needs
an
ac6ve
 internet
connec6on.
It
is
wrifen
in
HTML
and
JavaScript
 •  A
na6ve
app
runs
on
the
mobile
opera6ng
system
and
takes
 advantage
of
the
hardware’s
features.
For
the
iPhone
it
is
 wrifen
in
Objec6ve
C
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  24. 24. <<
FAQs
 My
app
needs
to
talk/interact
with
my
external
website/database.
Is
 that
possible?
 •  Yes,
it
is
possible.
The
app
can
talk
to
another
website/ database
 •  It
is
done,
mostly
by
building
a
webservice
that
accesses
the
 data
for
the
iPhone
and
sits
on
your
server
 •  iPhone
apps
can
also
consume
RSS
feeds,
XML
data
and
hfp
 feeds
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  25. 25. <<
FAQs
 Can
I
create
a
lite
and
a
paid
versin
of
my
app?
Would
it
cost
a
lot
 more?
 •  Yes
you
can
and
in
many
cases
you
should
 •  The
lite
version
allows
you
to
give
your
customers
an
 opportunity
to
try
out
your
product
before
they
decide
to
by.
 This
is
a
good
idea
to
promote
sales
and
en6ce
users
to
buy
 •  If
built
correctly,
the
cost
should
be
incremental,
rather
than
a
 whole
lot
more
 •  Talk
to
us.
Once
we
know
your
requirements,
we
would
be
 able
to
give
you
a
befer
answer
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  26. 26. <<
FAQs
 How
do
we
manage
updates
to
the
app?
What
happens
if
I
wanted
to
 add
a
new
feature?
 •  Updates
are
built
and
posted
to
the
Apple
App
Store
for
 review
 •  Apple
can
approve
or
reject
an
update
 •  It
takes
6me
for
Apple
to
approve
or
reject
an
app
 •  One
should
update
the
app
for
feature
addi6ons
and
bug
fixes
 •  Many
people
update
the
app
for
geXng
fresh
data
into
the
 app,
but
that
should
be
avoided
 •  Apple
does
not
charge
for
submiXng
updates
to
the
app
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  27. 27. <<
FAQs
 Once
you
develop
the
app,
who
owns
the
app?
 •  You
own
the
app
 •  We
hold
rights
to
the
app
only
6ll
we
are
paid
in
full
 •  Once
we
receive
our
payment,
all
rights
are
automa6cally
 transferred
to
you
as
the
owner
of
the
app
 •  You
can
choose
to
modify
the
app
at
will
once
you
own
the
 app’s
source
code
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  28. 28. <<
FAQs
 Will
I
get
the
source
code
to
the
app?
When?
 •  You
own
the
app,
it
is
your
source
code
 •  As
soon
as
you
pay
us,
the
rights
to
the
app
are
transferred
to
 you
and
we
send
you
the
source
code
 •  You
can
modify
the
source
code
at
will
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  29. 29. <<
FAQs
 Will
you
help
me
upload
the
app
to
the
the
App
Store
 •  Yes,
we
will
 •  We
will
use
your
account
to
upload
the
app
to
the
App
Store
 for
review
by
Apple
 •  You
will
have
to
provide
us
your
account
creden6als
 •  Please
note
that
we
have
no
control
over
the
review
and
 approval
process
itself.
That
is
in
the
hands
of
Apple
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For
more
informa2on
 For
more
informa6on
 Siddharth
Sethi
 Cell
‐
+1
925
415
0883
 Email
–
siddharth.sethi@infobeans.com
 Web
–
www.infobeans.com

 Blog
–
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‐
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Ramon,
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