Instapaper creator Marco Arment's take on what iOS 7 means for developers

Instapaper creator Marco Arment's take on what iOS 7 means for developers

Marco Arment of the popular read it later service Instapaper has an interesting take on what iOS 7 means for app development and how it's a great opportunity to take advantage of an already saturated market.

Apple has set fire to iOS. Everything’s in flux. Those with the least to lose have the most to gain, because this fall, hundreds of millions of people will start demanding apps for a platform with thousands of old, stale players and not many new, nimble alternatives. If you want to enter a category that’s crowded on iOS 6, and you’re one of the few that exclusively targets iOS 7, your app can look better, work better, and be faster and cheaper to develop than most competing apps.

Marco makes a great point and talks about a lot of the challenges developers will face when it comes to updating apps and making them backwards compatible. Read all his thoughts in their entirety at the link below and then let us know how you feel about how development will change this time around. Do you agree or have a different view?

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Instapaper creator Marco Arment's take on what iOS 7 means for developers


After having used the beta for only a few days, I'm convinced he's right. The old apps just don't FIT anymore. Everything needs to be re-designed using the new UX languages established by Apple. It's going to be an exciting time, both for users, and for devs. Scary perhaps, but exciting!

The iOS6-iOS7 transition is going to be painful, and supporting an app in both revisions is going to be much more so. I suspect Marco might have had a slightly different tone were he still responsible for that effort in Instapaper.

That said, he's right about the opportunity for new entrants. While incumbents are going to have to spend a lot of cycles on these things, new entrants have an advantage.