For the past year, I’ve been working with clients who are itching for an iPhone app, but don’t yet have a dedicated mobile site. iPhone apps have great potential for engaging your current customers and building out your location based services. Before beginning development on an iPhone app, though, you need to ask “Should we focus on building out an iPhone app when we don’t yet have a mobile site built out? Do we have resources to do both at the same time?”
Why should you develop your mobile site before investing in an iPhone app?
This is the first article I’m writing from an iPhone. This holiday season my sister graced me with this device. Unfortunately I had to spend several hours unlocking it because I have tmobile. Tmobile however does support iPhones and was able to help me get setup.
I’ve also spent some time downloading apps for the iPhone. I’ve listed a few good free ones to look out for
1. WordPress app – allows you to blog from your phone
2. Shozu – connect your camera phone to your flickr Facebook or YouTube account
3. Mint app – get your financial information directly on your iPhone. You must setup an account on mint.com to use this app. Very worthwhile. Also, I would recommend setting a lock code on your phone so if your phone is lost your info is safe.
4. FreshBooks app – for freelancers and professionals. Track your time and invoice your clients from your phone.
5. GooSync app – sync your contacts, google calendar, iCal, and other info between your phone, computer, and google accounts
6. Twitterific app – one of the better twitted reader and writer for your iPhone