Projected iPad App Development Profitable Through 2017
In a recent report from TabTimes, David Needle theorizes that the iPad marketplace is poised to keep its lead in the app industry through 2017. If this projection is accurate, it spells good news for iPad app developers. With a longer period of industry domination, developers have a better chance of creating useful apps that can be used by consumers for years to come. By providing app support and regular updates, iPad apps can stay current and relevant, meeting the needs of consumers and boosting sales.
iPad app developers currently prefer to create apps for the iOS platform because of the higher profit margins and popularity. In his report, Needle mentions that free apps have grown in popularity, with paid app profit margins shrinking in tandem. However, he expects this trend to plateau and remain steady in the future. This trend will be experienced across all platforms, and Needle theorizes that the Apple store is prepared to survive the changes long-term, while others may not fare as well.
iPad App Developers Get a Break with Latest iOS Devices
With this growth trend in mind, smart iPad app developers may change their long-term business plans to reflect this steady growth in the iPad market. As future iPad and iPhone devices are released, consumers are likely to continue to stand in long lines to be the first to own the latest iOS devices. With the release of the iPad mini, iOS devices may become more of a staple in the education system and in homes world wide. There is more of a demand right now for portable, lower-priced touch devices, and Apple has answered the call of consumers with the iPad mini.
As Needle points out, the iOS app market is an ever-changing ecosystem that reacts to changes in the industry. This ecosystem relies on continued downloads of paid apps as well as the download of free apps. Tablets, including miniature devices like the iPad mini, are poised to take over the handheld electronics consumer market. In order to maintain a viable market, an app developer will often offer both free apps and paid apps in a combo. Sometimes, offering a free “trial” version of a paid app leads to increased downloads. Since so many of the offerings in the iPad app market are of lesser quality, consumers are often wary of paying for a download that may be considered “junk” after using the app. By providing consumers with the option to try before they buy, quality apps can boost sales and increase the reputation of the app development company.
If the iPad app market is sustainable long term, iPad app developers may create apps specifically coded for easy updates over many years. In order to keep up with iOS updates, app developers will have to include support for the latest and greatest features released by Apple. This support is added in the form of app updates following an operating system update from Apple. With such a system already in place, the Apple app market may already be poised for continued growth long term.
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