iOS 8 After One Day – Apple gets it right!

I’ve only used iOS8 for one day and I can already say iOS 8 is the best update in a long, long time!

iOS8_QuickAccessHere is my short list of improvements:

  • Predictive text is awesome!  Huge improvements when texting or constructing emails. About time Apple caught up with Android on this. It’s quick and responsive.
  • Significant improvements in the accuracy and speed of Siri. You may have heard that you can now activate Siri by saying “Hey Siri”. That is true but for some reason only works when your device is plugged into a power source.  Otherwise love the latest version of Siri.
  • Voice Text message. A “nice to have feature”.  This requires your recipient have iOS8 but you can send a voice text. I would say it’s a little clunky on the implementation but once you get the hang of it easy to use.  This of course will chew up your data but a nice.
  • Quick access to recent contacts. Simple down swipe from the top and a row for quick access to recent contacts called.
  • Deleted Photos. Ever accidentally delete a photo? No problem iOS8 now provides a Deleted Files folder to recapture those almost lost photos
  • Photo Timers.  Another “about time” feature. You can now set a timer, up to 10 secs, to capture a group photo.

Overall, very pleased with the latest update.  I’m looking forward to digging in deeper. Kudos to Apple for getting this update right.

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Zenware - Mobile, Cloud, Web, SaaS and Software SolutionsJody Sedrick, CEO
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App Update Mania This Morning – Time for iOS 8

iOS-8-featuresWhen you opened your iPhone today did you notice a slew of new updates?  I think I counted 38.

You guessed it they all had to do with the iOS 8 Update.

First of all its a BIG update.  iOS 8 require 5GB of space. Download and installation too awhile but here are a few of the tidbits.

  • Siri – interacting with Siri is much easier. No more holding down the button. Simply say “Hi Siri” and Siri is at your beckon call. Hopefully Siri’s capabilities are enhanced as well.
  • Keyboard – the keyboard got smarter with predictive text making filling out forms and communicating on the go much easier. Apple has also opened the keyboard to 3rd party developers (yeah the Zenware team will have fun with that).  This is an area where Android has dominated for years.  Nice to see Apple moving in the right direction.
  • iCloud Drive Integration – looking forward to this. Using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on the iPad be more practical with a place to seamlessly store files.
  • Camera – seems like every iPhone that comes out offers new improvements in camera features.  This time videos will see the biggest benefit.
  • Wireless – Speed, Speed and more Speed is what me and my customers are always asking for. “How quickly can I access and sync data?” As we become ever more reliant upon data access speed will be even more critical.
  • Family Sharing – let’s families up to 6 people share apps, music, and books.  Looking forward to exploring this with my sales team.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

For us fat fingered and failing eye sight users you will be pleased with the the larger 4.7in and 5.5 in screen.  Not sure how much larger I personally want to go on my iPhone, I’d still like it to fit in my pocket without needing an extra visit to the chiropractor. But having the extra real estate will be very nice.

Battery life improvement.  ABOUT TIME!  Sorry battery life has been a little frustrating ever since iPhone 5.  Hopefully I can charge once a day instead of 5 times a day.  Lately I’ve felt like I’m living in the 80′s permanently tethered to my charging iPhone.

iWatch
Honestly the verdict is out on this for me.  The form factor seems too small to truly be effective.  I specifically didn’t like the iPod Nano because I kept forgetting it was in my pocket and it ended up going for a swim in the wash. With that said I see huge potential in wearable technology especially in athletic and medical applications.  The proof in the pudding will be the innovators and developers. I’m confident developers from my team are already thinking of ways to leverage the technology.

Mobile continues to be exciting! As I said on our Facebook page last week “From desktops to laptops, to phones and tablets, and now to watches . . . technology is AWESOME!

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Zenware - Mobile, Cloud, Web, SaaS and Software SolutionsJody Sedrick, CEO
Follow me on Twitter: @jodysedrick and @zenwareinc
LinkedIn Profile: Jodysedrick
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Zenware Inc. is a Boise Idaho based company that specializes In custom mobile software development, custom iOS development, custom Android development, iPad software development, iPhone software development, custom web development, web hosting and SaaS based work order management software. We also have a powerful line up of off-the-shelf mobile cloud solutions; ZenTouch, and ZWarehouse

The Modern Day “App” Gold Rush

mobile app developmentWhile talking with two boys who are getting ready to enter their junior year of High School, I was astounded to hear what they are planning to do with their futures. Instead of discussing what colleges they wanted to apply to, what careers they preferred to enter, or what sports activities they were preparing for this year, they shared with me their plans on having a mobile app built that will generate millions of downloads and make them both wealthy for life.

I began asking them questions to get them to think more logically: Do either of you know how to write software or design mobile apps? Are you planning on taking software development courses in high school or college? Are you aware of the average number of downloads for any given app offered by the App Store or Google Play? Do you know the average amount of revenue an app generates? Their answer for all of these questions was, “No.”

Their plan was that they would come up with the idea and then have someone else develop the app for them. They didn’t take into account the cost to the development team to write their app, the cost associated with marketing the app, or the fees that are required to be paid to Apple (if using the App Store) from each download. Basically, they had heard the one-in-a-million story of apps like Flappy Bird and wanted to do the same thing.

I explained to them that, as a software development company, we have people every year come in and talk to us about building a mobile app that is going to make them extremely wealthy. Our obligation as a company is to ask them questions to help them think more objectively about their endeavors. Who is your target user? Are there other apps that already do what yours will do? If so, how many downloads has the other app received? Will yours be a free app with hopes of receiving advertising revenue, or will you charge each user for your app? How much will you charge?

Over and over again, we hear the statement, “Oh . . . I hadn’t thought about that.”

Don’t get me wrong – there are opportunities within the mobile app market to make good money, but people need to be aware of what it takes to actually get to that point. People also need to be aware of what they can expect in terms of downloads and revenue for their ideas. According to an article written by Tristan Louis on Forbes.com, the average revenue generated per app on Google is $1125, on Microsoft is $625, and on Apple is $4000. That’s total revenue per app. Even if you developed five apps on the App Store, that’s still only $20K in revenue. I hardly think anyone can retire on $20,000 dollars – especially a high schooler!

Tristan Louis points out that everyone with a mobile app idea and every software developer hopes to create “the next big hit but, as is the case for any hit-driven market, a large group will be left behind with little to show for their efforts. At the end of the day, the model for mobile apps is no different than any other of the past: whether it is gold in the Yukon, websites in the 1990s, or app developers today . . .” Learn the facts, look at the numbers, think objectively, and consult with the experts. And, if you still think your app idea will work, then you can work to make it a success. But until

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then, don’t think you will get-rich-quick with a mobile app idea. Especially, don’t base you future on it!

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Zenware, Inc. is a Boise Idaho based company that specializes In custom mobile software development, custom iOS development, custom Android development, iPad software development, iPhone software development, custom web development, web hosting and SaaS based work order management software. We also have a powerful line up of off-the-shelf mobile cloud solutions; ZenTouch, and ZWarehouse