Businesses Increasingly Looking to iPhone Apps

    July 30, 2009
    Chris Crum

iPhoneAppQuotes, which puts businesses together with iPhone developers, has released some interesting findings. The company has noticed a shift in app development trends.

"Business apps are proving to be the most popular category of apps as entrepreneurs and small businesses realize the marketing and additional revenue stream potential the iPhone creates," says Founder Gregg Weiss.

Some of iPhoneAppsQuotes’ findings include:

iPhone Apps– Medical, education, business and book applications are the most popular development requests

– In the first quarter of 2009, there was a 50 / 50 split between business versus consumer application request for development

– In the second quarter, business applications have increased by 30 percent, resulting in a 70 / 30 split

– Request for quotes to develop new iPhone applications are up 20 percent from May to June 2009

– Requests for game iPhone application development dropped by roughly 10 percent, and the development of new music applications are experiencing a steep decline

– The initiation of new weather, sports and photography have slowed to a near standstill

"Apps are now available world wide in 77 countries," says Weiss. "With the recent news from Apple CEO Steve Jobs announcing last quarter, 5.2 million iPhones were sold, a 626 percent increase from a year ago, the customer base for iPhone apps is growing rapidly."

"The key thing to take away from these statistics is that developing an iPhone app can create a very lucrative business for not only businesses and software developers, but also for regular Joe’s that have a fantastic concept," he adds.

It is unclear whether the information reported by iPhoneAppsQuotes is representative of the iPhone App industry at large, or simply of the apps and developers involved with the company’s own network. Either way, it is clear that more businesses are looking to find new ways to utilize the app market for the incredibly popular smartphone.

Update: A representative for iPhoneAppsQuotes says, "The statistics in the release are from the business rather than the industry at large."