Amidst rumors of an iPhone that is larger iPad and a smaller; developers seem fairly unfazed by potential Apple device screen -size changes.
At last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in California, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster polled 100 programmers, asking them how hard it might be to adjust applications for two new screen sizes.
“Given the relative ease anticipated by programmers for using potential new iOS screen sizes, we consider the introduction of new screen sizes would not influence the success or availability of the apps on iOS,” Munster wrote in a note to investors.
According to the analyst’s research, over half of the WWDC programmers build apps for Android and iOS, a number that has grown from this past year’s 47 percent.
Of the 55 programmers working with both platforms, however, “iOS was the clear favorite in two classes: ease of development and future revenue increase,” Munster wrote. “Developers believe that Apple’s true programmer base will continue to develop cutting edge programs for iOS that’ll draw in new customers, helping to fuel sustained increase in iOS device sales.”
About 14 percent of iOS programmers additionally work with 9 percent, and Windows Mobiles, up 1 percent from a year ago create BlackBerry programs, a steep decline from 36 percent.
“The significance of a strong programmer base is critical to the success of a mobile operating system and thus the success of a phone or tablet too,” Munster wrote.
Current iPhones have a 3.5-inch screen and a 3-to-2 aspect ratio, while the next-generation device is expected to have a 16-to-9 ratio on a 4-inch display.
Apple’s present iPhones are 4G incompatible. This may change with the following iPhone, anticipated to be released this fall, but for now, the iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS are strictly 3G apparatus.
That makes the “most rapid network” question quite distinct for the iPhone than for newer phones like the Motorola Droid RAZR, because we’re asking about 3G networks. Fortunately, in our 30-city Fastest Mobile Networks undertaking, we analyzed the 3G networksand sometimes 2G networks, also.
The graph below shows our observation. The HSPA network of aT&T offers the quickest download speeds for iPhone users, followed by Verizon, afterward Sprint/Cricket. If you are using an unlocked iPhone on the 2G EDGE network of Tmobile, you will get the slowest speeds.
T Mobile users need not despair entirely, however. Weconnected an iPhone to T-Mobile’s 3 G in San Francisco, and found speeds between Verizon’s and AT&T’s. The network of T-Mobile promises speeds that are much higher, though, so we’re expecting for better functionality when the refarmed network actually establishes.
On a scale of one to 10, developers, normally, said the difficulty will be a 3.4 out of 10, suggesting no important dilemmas in adapting apps for a potential 4-inch iPhone screenor a smaller “iPad mini.”
AT&T may be the fastest iPhone carrier, than Verizon was but it was reliable and consistent. In our tests, we found Verizon’s 3G network to be clearly more consistent in 12 (shown below), with more consistent in only one city, Dallas. In 17 cities, the two providers had close to equal network consistency in our download evaluations.