Tuesday, January 26th, 2010p>Appcelerator has published an interesting study on the Apple Tablet. You know, the iPhone OS based one that we will Steve will show us on Wednesday.
The study asks some interesting questions revolving around the development side of the tablet. Are developers going to develop for it? What are they looking for? What are they excited about from a technology perspective?
I found it interesting to see the type of companies looking to build apps:
Games will still probably be huge on the device, but it is great to see other types of apps at the ready.
Then we have the feature requests:
Even if there is a way to run iPhone apps, it is clear that people will be spending effort creating truly native experiences. There are core differences beyond screen size here. Very different capabilities to take into account.
We are seeing an increase in consumer devices. I recently talked about the table stakes of 2010 and beyond. As a consumer it is exciting to see the vision of connected devices become real. As a developer, although there is new opportunity, it is incredibly daunting. How many proprietary SDKs can one learn and fund development on?
This is where the Web comes in. The Web has the potential to become the unifying platform across devices. This isn’t about write once run anywhere, but it is about offering advanced solutions to deliver experiences across the devices using shared code, services, and APIs.
Back to Appcelerator. They publish this study right before the tablet launch. Hmm…. something tells me that Titanium (now in mobile and desktop versions) will support Tablet. As companies struggle with the pull of delivering functionality to many devices, Titanium has an opportunity of helping developers out. We have heard that Titanium is going to GA some time soon (probably in March) and we will then see pricing plans and some new products (probably around analytics and metrics). Apparently more desktop and mobile applications will be developed using Titanium than Adobe AIR this year. That would be quite a feat.
What are your thoughts on the Tablet and the Web? What did you get out of the survey?
Here is Jeff talking about their work with Scoble: