The Impact of iPhone Apps
iPhone and Android apps changed our perception of what a mobile experience could be. iPhone Apps are probably the number one reason why people buy an iPhone. Over 300,000 Apps are available through the iTunes store on the iPhone and…
iPhone and Android apps changed our perception of what a mobile experience could be. iPhone Apps are probably the number one reason why people buy an iPhone. Over 300,000 Apps are available through the iTunes store on the iPhone and about 5,000 more are offered each month . These Apps encompass any aspect of a user’s life from playing games, to finding the cheapest gas, to managing your money, to checking the weather, to social networking. There is virtually nothing this phone cannot do because new Apps constantly fill in gaps in consumer demand. The phone’s versatility due to its variety of Apps is a marketing strength. Children, adults, businessmen and recreational users can all find a use for the iPhone. Unlike other cellular devices, the iPhone does not need software updates; you simply upload the latest App instead. This ensures product longevity in an ever-changing information technology market.
Apple has a reputation of strong security against hackers in their MAC line as well as the iPhone. However, there have been a few security concerns with the iPhone. One that relates to the AppStore is an App update that was found in February 2010 that could reconfigure the iPhone’s proxy settings, thus allowing hackers to redirect all traffic through a server of their choosing. App updates are available through the AppStore and are munually installed by the user. Thus it is up to the user as to whether or not to install this viral “update.” Luckily the App update looked fraudulent and Apple quickly disposed of it .
Some people have become iPhone addicts, also known as iSyndrome. The iPhone is so customizable due to its App selection that people feel it is an intricate part of their lives. Many have their iPhones on them at all times and constantly check email, the weather, facebook, etc. This can lead to problems in social situations, such as a dinner with friends, where a user will not be able to put the iPhone away. Many people consider it rude to check your phone in a social situation and the iPhone is designed to encourage constant use of the device (Whitlock).
The iPhone and its Apps are the epitomy of the information technology market that is aimed toward consumers. The iPhone allows consumers to customize their phones and design the App market through their selections. Any developer can compete to publish their App with Apple and Apple’s recent expansion to Verizon has allowed for carrier service competition as well. While there are security concerns as the iPhone’s popularity and market share grows, there are comparatively few security issues as there are with computers of other hand-help devices. Socially, the iPhone is taking on society by a storm. It allows people to define and monitor their lives in ways never before possible. However, these opportunities bring with them increasing concerns over how the iPhone will be used in society and in social situations. New rules for iPhone users in social situations will undoubtedly emerge from this new technology. This is the epitome of new technology, is it not? Technology not only enhances our capacity for productivity but changes the way we perceive and interact with the world and with our fellow human beings.