2009 iPhone Recap

2009 was a great year for the iPhone. I’ve put together some news, apps and hacks from 2009.

Verizon vs. AT&T

verizonStarting with a commercial that attacked AT&T’s 3G coverage, Verizon released a series of commercials that compared the two networks and eventually the DROID vs. the iPhone. AT&T sued Verizon claiming the maps of AT&T’s network only showed 3G coverage which confused customers into thinking there was no coverage in blank areas of the map. AT&T eventually lost the lawsuit and then started in with their own commercials.
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blacksn0w & blackra1n – jailbreak & unlock from Geohot

blackra1nGeohot did it again, creating an jailbreak and unlock for the iPhone 3GS. Of course the cat and mouse game will continue in 2010 but with the addition of hardware encryption on the iPhone 3GS and Apple’s authorization process of each firmware before you can restore your iPhone, jailbreaking has become more difficult to develop.
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Facebook iPhone App Developer Quits

FacebookThe developer for the Facebook iPhone app announced he would no longer work on the iPhone app after getting fed up with Apple’s App Store process. Others at Facebook are still working on the app but this was a big PR blow to Apple’s app approval process.
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Analytics – Google Analytics App

Available In: App Store       Price: $5.99  

AnalyticsWith the new site design we’ve been tracking site statistics which got me wondering if there were any good Google Analytics apps. I’m pretty sure I’ve check before but when looking this time I found an app called “Analytics”. The screenshot previews looked good but the price was a little high at $5.99. At the time, it had 12 reviews with 4 out of 5 stars. After reading the reviews, only the first version had bad reviews. After an update to version 1.2 most reviews were 5 out of 5. Another selling point was the developer offers a refund via paypal if you’re not satisfied. [Read more…]

Stats from iPhone Firmware 3.0 Preview Announcement

Apple usually starts off their announcements with stats about sales, downloads, etc. Today there was a lot of info and here’s the recap:

The iPhone is now sold in 80 countries.
The iPhone Sales goal in 2008 was 10 million, they sold 13.7 million.
17 million iPhones have been sold since launch.
30 million total devices (iPhones & iPod Touch) have been sold.
There have been over 800,000 downloads of the free SDK (Software Developer Kit)
There are over 50,000 paid iPhone developers.
60% had never developed for Apple products before.
There are over 25,000 apps in the App Store.
96% of apps submitted have been approved & 98% of those were done in 7 days or less,
There have been over 800 million apps downloaded.


With all of that, keep in mind the App Store was launched less than a year ago… Congrats to all iPhone developers!

The Life of an App Store App

Doug sent me this article a few days ago and I thought it was very interesting. However, I forgot to pass it along! Some of you may have already read about this but, for those of you who haven’t…here you go.

Pinch Media has been keeping some nice records of App Store app statistics. What I found to be interesting were the results of the stats. It seems that people quickly lose interest in the apps they download from the App Store. In fact, according to Pinch Media, “For free applications, only about 20 percent of users return to use the app the first day after they download it, and then it quickly drops off from there. By 30 days out, less than 5 percent are using the app. The chart for paid apps shows a slightly steeper fall-off rate.”

Not only did I find this to be interesting but, based on my own experience, highly accurate. There are very few applications that I use on a daily basis and to be honest, there are many I completely forget about after using them the first time (or demoing them). [Read more…]

Woopra Web App

Available In: Safari       Price: Free  

WoopraWoopra is a website analytics service like Google’s Analytics but it’s live. You can check out woopra.com for more about the service and desktop app but we’re gonna talk about the port to a web app for the iPhone. You basically download the files from here, edit the config file, upload them to your server, and you’re set! I’ve included detailed instructions below from Woopra’s blog and some screenshots. [Read more…]