iPhone Application Development For Yahoo Stores

Yahoo Store has emerged as one of the most popular ecommerce platforms on the internet today. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that this award winning ecommerce platform comes packed with simplicity and price affordability compared to other ecommerce platforms available on the Internet. Thus, many people have cashed in on this opportunity and are successful ecommerce store operators today.

Along with this development on the Internet, the world is witnessing another phenomenon. This trend relates to mobile phones. According to a recent MOCOM report, there are around 4.1 billion mobile subscribers worldwide. This translates to a penetration rate of around 60%. According to another report, nearly 91% of the United States population has mobile phones. This picture gives a bright scenario of the capability of conducting ecommerce using mobile phones around the world and in the United States.

It is estimated that a significant percentage of this population has access to internet capable mobile phones and wireless devices such as the iPhone. The iPhone is a revolutionary device from Apple that has took the world by storm when it was introduced. This device combines three products into one – an extraordinary phone, a wide screen iPod and an advanced Internet device that gives access to HTML email along with a desk-class web browser.

It is now possible to marry the iPhone to the Yahoo Store by creating unique and dynamic applications for it. With the help of versatile team of iPhone developers, many companies are now venturing into this field. Other than the routine retinue of making applications such as multimedia, games, travel, social networking, it is considered niche to develop applications for the iPhone specifically pertaining to Yahoo Store. Thus, users can access features like deal of the day, orders, statistics, inventory, and other specific Yahoo Store features on their iPhone.

iPhone applications developed specifically for the Yahoo Store help store owners keep a firm tab on their operations regardless of their location while also improving sales. Buyers get more opportunities while on the move to make their purchases while giving the opportunity to store owners to track their sales and other proceeds.

This feature can exclusively benefit Yahoo Store owners since they can access their store whenever they are on the move, or view specific details about the performance of their store. In the era of Web 2.0, these user-friendly features can go a long way in building a strong rapport between store owners and and their online community. Developing user specific applications on iPhone for Yahoo Stores can help store owners reap the benefits of the mobile internet revolution and utilize the iPhone as a brilliant platform for technology advancement pertaining to Yahoo Stores.

Reviewing Iphone Specifications

The iPhone has been very popular of late. This is due to its innovations and its advertising campaign that has brought the iPhone to the pinnacle of its success. Many people would like to know how it works and what its specifications are. These are just a few of what people want to know about the iPhone.

Technical Iphone Specifications

The iPhone’s height and width is 4.5 inches by 2.4 inches across. It weighs approximately 4.8 ounces and has a depth of 0.46 of an inch. The iphone specifications for its memory comes in two versions, 4 gigabytes and 8 gigabytes, with corresponding prices of $499 and $599 American dollars.

The touch screen display of the iPhone is 3.5 inches in its widescreen form and ha a 480 by 320 pixel resolution at 160 dpi. It is GSM Quad-band which means it support four (4) different frequencies and can be used in many other regions of the world. The iphone specifications for it operating system is OS X. It can support three wireless data connections like EDGE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Other iphone specifications include its 2 mega pixel camera to use for still photos only not for taking videos, and it supports several audio formats including MP3, MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, WAV and more. Despite not being able to tale video with its camera, the iphone specifications include its being able to show videos. In several formats which is very convenient for its users.

The iphone also includes in its iphone specifications a lithium ion battery which is rechargeable. This battery will have to be sent back to Apple when the time comes for it to be replaced. They charge around $79 dollars for the battery and this does not include shipping and handling. The battery has a talk time capacity of almost 8 hours and its stand by time is up to 250 hours. If you use it to browse the web, you will have a maximum of up to six hours browsing with its battery.

In all, the Apple iphone specifications are very innovative and durable. The entire packaging includes the iPhone itself, a stereo head set, dock with dock connector to the PC or MAC via USB, a USB power adapter, a cleaning cloth and the documentation. You will surely love fiddling with this very modern and high tech gadget since it has many features which are sure to interest people. It also has several applications to facilitate better use and internet browsing.

Is The iPhone Boom A Business Boon?

We all know how the iPhone frenzy has grabbed popular imagination since it was first announced in Jan 2007. With its cool feature set, slick appearance, powerful computing capabilities, beautiful display and intuitive touch navigation, this poster boy of the mobile generation has captured the imagination of gizmo freaks and tech phobics alike. To get some measure of iPhone’s success, one only needs refer to Tim Cook’s (Apple’s COO) recent statement at a conference – he said that the company had “really good confidence” the company would hit 10 million iPhones sold by the end of 2008.

According to a research from IDC, 70 percent of those polled who own, or plan to purchase an iPhone in the next year, consider it to be for both personal and business use.

Considering the vast proliferation of iPhones in such a short span, it is natural that all those who own a iPhone would want to extend its use to business as well. And it is no joy carrying around a Blackberry and iPhone in either pocket. All that does is to exert extra downward pressure on the belt. It is no wonder then, that iPhone’s usability in a business context is a raging debate nowadays. That is still a secondary question, because the fact remains that present and future end users of iPhone see is as something they want to use for business.

The Bad News

Unfortunately for corporates, iPhone was created mainly for the meatier consumer market, and never really meant to be a business tool.

What Obstructs “iPhone for Business”
It’s mainly a PIM
Third party applications not supported
Lack of Exchange Support

Mainly a PIM – iPhone mainly has PIM (personal information manager) capabilities (email, contacts, calendars, calendars, notes) and not meant to be used for team collaboration, which requires the ability to share and work together on information.

Sorry Third Party Developers – iPhone runs on a custom built operating system called the “iPhone OS”, and at this point does not allow third party applications to be built & installed on this native OS. Users are restricted to applications pre-built into the system (mail, SMS, calendar, photos, etc). This meant no special business centric applications could be created to make use of iPhone’s computing & display capabilities and internet-ability.

No Exchange Support – The gravest omission was a lack of support for MS Exchange, which meant that users could not view even the most most elementary business information – business mail, contacts, tasks, and calendars, on their iPhones, what to speak of advanced collaboration. The only way to achieve this was complicated and unreliable workarounds.

The Good News

iPhone’s Business Friendly Features
Rich Safari Browser
Web 2.0 Applications Allowed
Internet Friendly
Recent Apple Announcements

Hurray for Web 2.0 – The good news is that they allowed a small window, through which an elephant could be pushed. Soon after its launch, Apple announced that it would allow third party web applications supporting web 2.0 standards, to run on iPhone though its rich Safari browser. This effectively meant that iPhone could be part of the web 2.0 revolution, and access all the rich applications therein.

The Safari Browser – iPhones web browser Safari, is a full web browser with the works. It is light years ahead of the custom made web browsers of traditional corporate handhelds like Palm’s Blazer browser, Blackberry browser, etc. It is not just comparable to a desktop browser, but is a desktop browser. This allows iPhone to ride high on the current web 2.0 wave, rather than just being a bystander.

According to AT&T and Google, iPhone generated 50 times more search requests than any other mobile handset.

Internet-ability- iPhone allows internet access through wi-fi or wide area EDGE networks. One important prerequisite for a mobile to be an effective remote collaboration tool is the willingness and comfort level of users to use the device for web access. With no little thanks to the large display & the safari browser, the iPhone has been a huge success as a device for web access. The iPhone increased the average wireless data usage as much as 30 times higher than on other phones.

Apple finally Awakens from its Slumber – Only lately has Apple has woken up to the previously ignored aspect of business usage. This was largely caused by the hue and cry raised by the media and users over its frustrating lack of business friendliness. Even as I write, there is news of iPhone finally offering Exchange support, and an iPhone SDK (software development kit) which will allow programmers to develop applications specifically to be installed on the iPhone.

But these new developments are not just in their infancy, but even foetal stage. It will be some time before these new applications find their feet, an truly provide trouble free functionality to businesses.

Exchange support at this time is issue riddled and works only for companies that support Exchange 2007 or Direct Push on Exchange 2003. Moreover, this and the launch of installed applications for iPhone wont take place until a firmware update slated for June 2008.

Webapps to the Rescue : HyperOffice as a case in study

Amongst the first companies to recognise the opportunity presented by iPhone for rich business applications was HyperOffice. Already well experienced in the web based business collaboration domain, they developed HyperOffice for iPhone, an iPhone specific version of their flagship product, HyperOffice.

This allowed business users to use almost the entire feature set HyperOffice right from their iPhones. Rather than an isolated personal information manager, HyperOffice allowed iPhone to be used as a dynamic collaboration tool through which users could access the company intranet, share contacts and calendars, plan projects, share and edit documents, schedule meetings, & many other things.

They also realised early on that a major pain point for users looking to use iPhone for business was a lack of Exchange support. HyperOffice allows users to get past this hurdle easily by acting as a bridge between Exchange and iPhone. It allows users to receive information directly from Exchange, or access Outlook information (mail, contacts, calendars, tasks) right on iPhone, with or without Exchange. No matter where users access mail and other information – Outlook, iPhone’s email client or on any other web device, information is automatically synched. Users always get updated information.