It’s a H(APP)ier World

If you haven’t heard of the many applications you can run on the iPhone and iPod Touch, many people might believe you’ve been asleep for the past few years. Applications, or apps for short, can do just about everything, from iFart, an app that produces hilarious and grossly realistic noises, to DocumentsToGo, an app that allows you to compose PowerPoints, word documents and spreadsheets, all right from your iPhone or iPod Touch. It’s no secret. Apps have drastically changed mobile phones. Even if you’re not using an Apple product, other companies’ phones can also do some amazing things. Checking the weather, seeing your meetings for the day in the standard Calendar app and even tracking the calories you burn when you work out are all possible on the iPhone and iPod Touch. “Apps have definitely made my life much more simple. And [the simplicity] will only continue with the development of more,” said Charles McCubrey, Dimond Technology Coordinator. McCubrey has had an iPhone since before AT&T came back to Alaska. “My favorite apps would have to be Viper Smart Start, an app that allows me to start, lock and unlock my car from anywhere in the world, not that I would want to start it from anywhere in the world,” said McCubrey. McCubrey said NBA Live, a basketball game app, and VNC, an app that allows him to control every computer in the building from his phone, are a close tie for his second-favorite apps. Apps can be developed though Apple software called iPhone SDK which stands for Software Development Kit. You can purchase the software for $99 a year. When Apple approves of an app you have submitted to their store, every time it sells you earn 70 percent of the profit. So every time your app sells for $1, you earn $0.70 and Apple pockets the rest of the profit to maintain the AppStore. Some people have become rich off the AppStore, and their main source of income is apps they create. The iPhone and iPod Touch also are home to games that compete with today’s most advanced hand-held consoles like the PSP and the Nintendo DS. Some more popular titles include versions of “Call of Duty: Zombies,” “Grand Theft Auto” and other game applications. Although McCubrey doesn’t know of any student developers, he hopes some will start developing sometime soon. No matter what the situation, Apple definitely doesn’t lie. There’s an app for everything.