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Apple's developer portal

Apple’s developer portal

When you as a iOS developer want to send out beta versions to testers, you need to create a build of your app with an ad hoc profile that contains the UDID’s from all the devices of your testers. Not only is that a painful process, you are also limited to 100 devices. That is, a 100 devices per developer license per year. When the iPhone 3 was released that was OK, but now it is becoming a major hurdle to do testing. It is time for Apple to change this policy. Here’s why:

  1. fragmentation – now you have the iPhone 4, 4S and 5 as well as the iPad 2, 3, 4 and iPad Mini. Don’t forget iPod Touch 4 and 5. Also iOS 5 is still around (not for iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Mini or iPod Touch 5), so times 2 major iOS versions = 14 different devices.
  2. developers create more apps per year – imagine a company that publishes 10 apps per year, for 10 different demographics. That 100 device limitation is for that one publisher, meaning you can have max 10 testers per demographic.
  3. quality standards have gone up – There are 700,000 iOS apps out there. Only the best that get in a top 25 make money. High quality is required, so developers have to test thoroughly.

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ipad mini

So why did Apple suddenly come up with the iPad Mini, even after Steve Jobs public denouncements of the 7 inch class of tablets? It fits different use cases. Ten inch tablets like the iPad are just too big for a number of them. Operating an iPad for longer time without support of a table or your lap (on the couch, in bed) is hard. You cannot grasp the whole device with one hand. With 7 inch tablets like the Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire and now the iPad Mini, you can. Imagine being a doctor, checking up on your patients while making your round through the hospital? Much easier. It will even fit in your doctor’s lab coat pocket. Seating guests in your restaurant or writing names and phone numbers down for your waiting list? A breez. Demoing at conventions, or writing down email addresses of interested people? No more need for an iPad grip, just one hand. I bet you that businesses will love the iPad Mini for data entry much more than the normal iPad, that shines at media consumption at home. And the fact that Google/Asus and Amazon and have had some first well selling tablets in this category, highlighted by the Nexus 7 trashing by Schiller, indicates that Apple couldn’t stay behind and had to come with an iPad version in the 7 inch category.

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