Okay, so it has been a month or so since I gave any updates on my plans to develop an iPhone app. As many of you know, I actually ran a poll of sorts and let the readers of this blog vote on which new business venture I should pursue. The winning idea as you can see here, was that I build an iPhone app.
To be honest, I don't have much updates to give at this point. But I did want to give a brief overview of what I have done, and when you can expect some more action on this topic.
I have read 2 books on the subject of building and outsourcing an iPhone app. Those books were:
- How to Create iPhone Apps with No Programming Experience
- App Savy: Turning Ideas into iPad and iPhone Apps that Customers Really Want
Both were actually pretty decent books on the subject. The “How to Create iPhone Apps with No Programming Experience” provided a great overview of the entire process. However, the “App Savy” book provided MUCH more in depth detail and specifics. It did a better job I felt of helping your both brainstorm for ideas and what specifically to look for to determine if your idea has a market. At times the details in this book were almost too much, but I suppose that's probably exactly what I will want when I actually develop an app for the first time. Overall, they were both good though.
In addition to reading these books, I also did quite a bit of brainstorming. I wrote down probably a dozen or so different ideas that I have had for iPhone apps. At this point, I am pretty sure that I have settled on one specific idea because I think I would personally use it. It is an app for Google Adsense publishers (go figure). I won't go into too many details at this point on exactly what it does because I don't want someone else getting a head start on it before I even start building it.
My Expected Time Line
Other than that, I have not put too much effort into it for a couple of reasons. The main reason, is that I really want to get my software project, Long Tail Pro, finalized before I try to tackle another software type project. Even once I officially release my software, it will probably still be another month or two of customer support, updating the software, and other time consuming tasks, before I will feel like I can tackle another major project.
So, in reality, I expect that it will be at least August or September before I really have a chance to start hiring someone to build my iPhone app.
Another reason it will probably take this long, is because I am just too darn passionate about building niche websites! I continue to do keyword research and buy new domains. In addition, I enjoy keeping this blog up to date with some of the how to tips that I am sharing on the Niche Websites Hub. I know that most of you are probably more interested in the details I post about niche websites anyway (as opposed to details about iPhone apps). So, I don't feel too much pressure to move too quickly on the iPhone app idea.
So, there you have it. I just wanted to provide a brief update on the iPhone app, and to let you know that I haven't forgotten about it.
Update 5/28/2012 – I have launched my iPhone app: AdAlert – Google Adsense App. Check it out in the app store: