iPhone apps are changing the world of software and the way we work and play

“It can create a virtual pint, electronic flute or whoopee cushion; help you to beat traffic while avoiding speed cameras; let you read the complete works of Shakespeare; control your home television from the office; tell you the time anywhere in the world; or simply guide you to the nearest place to purchase a decent latte,” Luke Bainbridge reports for The Observer.

“In fact, there does not appear to be much (bar enhancing your love life or curing a hangover) that an iPhone app cannot do – and that is why it has become one of the fastest-growing technological innovations of recent times,” Bainbridge reports.

“More than 25,000 have been created – often by individuals working from home – and they have been downloaded more than 800 million times from the online iPhone App Store. From Coldplay to Manchester United, institutions of every shape and size are scrambling to get a piece of the action,” Bainbridge reports.

MacDailyNews Note: Make that over 35,000 and 946,165,000 downloads and rapidly counting.

Bainbridge continues, “Even Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, was surprised at the initial success, exclaiming: ‘I’ve never seen anything like this in my career in software.'”

“‘With the amount of downloads they’ve had since the App Store launched last July, it must be one of the fastest rising businesses since the launch of the internet,’ said David Rowan, editor of the newly launched Wired UK magazine. ‘What’s good about the App Store is that there’s quite a low barrier to entry, so many of these programmers actually have day jobs and are just working on these apps in their spare time,'” Bainbridge reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dirty Pierre le Punk” for the heads up.]

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