CES 2013 Features Products Popular with iOS App Developers
This year’s CES did not disappoint, and many exciting and appealing products and trends were spotted by tech watchers attending the show. Many of these products featured incorporated apps, which is good news for iOS app developers. As app development interest grows to meet consumer demands, technology is providing a boost needed to prompt industry leaders to develop innovative products and software.
Ford Opens Sync AppLink Platform to App Developers
The Ford Sync AppLink platform will be open to developers this year, and already has over 4,000 developers registered for the program. As the first automobile manufacturer in the world to open up its software development platform, Ford hopes to dominate the increasingly popular infotainment industry. Today’s consumers have shown they’re willing to pay more for technology in vehicles and in fact have come to expect it. Ford’s Sync in-vehicle infotainment system currently features on-screen GPS navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and music synchronization for a wide range of programmable devices.
This announcement bodes well for the future of app development companies. If more automobile manufacturers show an interest in infotainment advancement and software development, more app development companies will have a chance to showcase their best work to a captive audience of eager consumers.
Apple’s High Expectations for 2013
Additionally, Apple has shown an interest in expanding into the digital TV and movie industry further with plans for a new Apple TV and expanded selections in the Apple Store for Apple TV owners. Currently, users can access popular apps like YouTube, Netflix, and sports channels. Further development of the Apple TV device could mean big business for promising iOS app developers. Additional features and access to apps via the Apple TV device could mean a huge boost in app sales in 2013.
Digital Potty Training?
CES 2013 also saw a few quirky tech products, like the iPotty, a portable potty for toddlers that includes a built-in mount and cover for an iPad. Now, I’m not sure if toddlers need access to an iPad while they learn potty training, but the product does represent the popularity of iOS apps with parents and children alike. If products like the iPotty catch on, iOS developers will need to produce quality apps geared toward the younger population with features that parents want as well.
While I personally don’t see the iPotty garnering more than mild interest or a surge in sales as a humorous baby shower gift, it does reflect the mindset of today’s tech savvy parents. These mothers and fathers are exposing their children to technology at an early age and incorporating tech gadgets and software into everyday life for their kids. Much as previous generations adjusted to the popularity and mainstreaming of radio and television, today’s generations are growing up with and embracing the Internet and apps as part of everyday life.
No matter which side of the fence you stand, technology and app development is here to stay. Technology products and their uses will continue to evolve and adapt over the years, but software is likely to always be a part of that process- a crucial part of making technology practical and enjoyable for all.
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