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Apple May Well Have Just Created a Whole New Army of Mac Developers
Apple and the iPhone SDK: Multiplying the Halo Effect?
By: Mark Scrimshire
Mar. 12, 2008 08:15 AM
Mark Scrimshire's Blog
The environment that Apple has created for iPhone development is very neat. There's an iPhone software emulator, a remote debugger and instrumentation to provide run-time profiling of applications. This is all well and good but the most significant aspect of this is that this is the same environment used to create Mac OS X applications.
Yes, the most significant, but under-rated aspect of this announcement is that Apple may well have just created a whole new army of Mac developers. After all, if the iPhone is built on the core of Mac OS X and the development environment supports both iPhone and Mac OS Xdesktop applications how long will it be before we see a proliferation in Mac OS X applications? This has the potential to be a far bigger halo effect for Apple than the iPod.
How long will it be before we see applications appearing on the iPhone, then on Mac OS X and finally being ported to Windows? It is already happening on the web where I am already seeing Web 2.0 developers build for Firefox and Safari first because they are both considered cross-platform browsers, unlike Internet Explorer.
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