TiPb's developer spotlights are like DVD/iTunes Extras for the App Store -- a weekly look behind the scenes at the programers and designers that bring you the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games you love. This week Rene talks with Graham Clarke of Glasshouse Apps.
What's your name? Graham Clarke
What's your company's name? Glasshouse Apps
Where are you located? Central Coast NSW in Australia (but Nick Takayama, the other half of Glasshouse Apps is located 4,000km / 2,500 mi away on the other side of the country).
What's your website address? http://www.glasshouseapps.com
What's your Twitter name? @glasshouseapps
How long have you been an iOS app designer? I've been designing apps for just over two years now. Barista hit the App Store in early 2009, when there were just 15,000 iPhone apps available.
What's your background? I was born in Sydney Australia, but I lived in a very remote village in the middle of Papua New Guinea for the next 8 years. Our family moved back to Australia and I lived on the family farm until I went to university in Sydney to study design. When I graduated I worked for a few years and after being retrenched I tried my hand at self-employment, which is what I've been doing ever since (10 years and counting!).
Do you develop for any other platform in addition to iOS? Just iOS. We're only a two-man band so supporting other platforms and devices wouldn't be practical (or enjoyable!) for us.
What primary computer setup do you use for your iOS development? Mac Pro with 15Gb Ram, and two displays (27" and 24" ACDs).
What personal iOS device(s) do you personally use most often? Probably my iPhone, simply because it's always there with me. The iPad comes a close second.
What mobile device(s), other than iOS, do you currently use? Ummm, that's difficult! My car's a mobile device right? It's a 2009 Honda Odyssey.
What's your favorite thing about developing for iOS? It's just exciting. Apple make it exciting. I now look forward to getting up on a Monday morning to start work and that blows my mind.
What's your least favorite thing about developing for iOS? Visibility on the App Store is getting harder and that's a challenge. A huge App Store is great for customers, but it makes standing out more and more difficult for developers.
What feature would you most like Apple to add to the iOS 5 SDK? Cloud syncing of app data through MobileMe would be nice. And background, timed events for apps (fetching news for instance!) would really useful - how many iOS devices are sitting there plugged in at night, not doing anything? As a consumer, it would be cool to see a redeveloped home screen.
What feature would you most like Apple to add to the App Store? Whenever Apple introduce new ways of promoting and flagging great apps, it benefits both developers and consumers. I'd love to see an even more comprehensive way of filtering the good stuff from the rest - there's a lot of attention given to the front page of the App Store but still a lot of potential for improving Category views.
If we were to eavesdrop on you while you were designing, what curse word would we hear you use the most? Hmmm, 'bugger' or 'crap' is about as colourful as it gets!
What do you do when you're not designing iOS apps? If I'm not in front of my computer or iPad you'll see me drinking plenty of coffee, riding my Vespa or hanging out with my wife and kids.
What should we look for from you next? (Tease away!) Something big! (well big enough to keep two guys busy for 6 months anyway).
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