Mobile App Developers Eager For Apple Tablet

Anticipation is rampant for the upcoming Apple Tablet set to debut tomorrow in San Francisco, and nowhere is it more apparent than with application developers. Beyond game developers chomping at the bit to get their hands on the new tablet, a new survey suggest there’s...

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Mobile App Developers Eager For Apple TabletAnticipation is rampant for the upcoming Apple Tablet set to debut tomorrow in San Francisco, and nowhere is it more apparent than with application developers.

Beyond game developers chomping at the bit to get their hands on the new tablet, a new survey suggest there’s greater interest in developing other types of large screen-capable apps as well.  Appcelerator, maker of a development platform for mobile and desktop apps, published results indicating that 90 percent of developers surveyed plan to develop an app for the upcoming Apple Tablet within the first year.

When asked whether they were “very interested” in building apps for a platform, 58 percent of respondents said “yes” when asked about the tablet, placing it behind the iPhone and Google Android, but far ahead of other platforms like BlackBerry, Palm Pre, and Windows Mobile.

In terms of the types of apps developers are interested in creating, business and productivity-oriented apps are at the top of the list, followed by entertainment, social networking, and education.  While the iPhone conjured a lot of excitement with developers dreaming of the possibilities, the Apple Tablet takes things to an entirely different level.  With more screen area, more powerful hardware and unique multi-touch capabilities, the potential for application innovation is higher than ever.

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2 comments

  1. Justin

    Exactly, just as the iPhone was in the beginning. An ecosystem forms around the device and thrives if useful apps keep coming and users keep responding.

  2. Chris Pine

    This looks to me like a further testament that the tablet will be success. It always comes down to software, and if everyone is already comping at the bit to make software for this device because they know people are going to use it, then more people use it because the see the software. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophetic cycle.

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