How to Find an iPhone App Developer [iPhone Q & A]

This post is part of the iPhone Q & A series. If you have a question, send it over.

Catherine writes:

Are there app program developers that you would recommend? I have heard from a couple of them (one who wrote in on your blog) but I am not really sure (besides the fee and their resume) what I should be looking for to find a good developer at a fair price. Any ideas?

I have not worked with iPhone app developers myself, but here are 6 tips that might help you find a reputable iPhone app developer for your project:

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Will Apple “Borrow” Features from Developers’ iPhone Apps?

Update: I wrote this article March 2008 and I am now wondering if some iPhone 3.0 features will cause iPhone app developers to lose their businesses. Developers, if you are concerned about Apple’s new features competing with your apps, I would like to know about it.

I have a serious concern about the upcoming iPhone App Store that no one has addressed yet:

What happens when Apple issues an iPhone firmware update introducing features from a 3rd-party iPhone application in the App Store?

For example: let’s say a developer lists a Voice Dialing application in the App Store in June, and in July Apple issues an iPhone firmware update featuring voice dial functionality.

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Is iPhone Opening its Doors to Third-Party Applications?

Apple will invite third-party developers next February to build actual iPhone applications aside from the limiting web-based ones that are currently supported.

Apple has jumped back and forth from its position on third-party apps since May, when it said it was “wrestling with the idea” of allowing them. In June, the company teased developers by authorizing only web-based applications, which meant any software not made by Apple had to run on the Safari browser, instead of on the iPhone platform itself.

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iPhone Will Not Support Third-Party Standalone Apps

Steve Jobs announced yesterday at the Worldwide Developers Conference that software developers will be able to create web applications that run on the iPhone’s Safari browser.

In other words, the only third-party “applications” you’ll be able to run on your iPhone are web sites. For now, the iPhone will not support third-party standalone applications or widgets.

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