AppCraver recently spoke with Uwe Meier, of Uwe Meier. He shares his experiences developing for the iPhone and iPod touch.
When did you start developing apps for the iPhone?
I started end of 2008 to develop for the iPhone and had my first application in the App Store in January 2008. I have previous experience in Development — I'm a Senior Development Engineer and program since ~20 years.
What / how many apps have you made so far?
16 applications — mostly games
What type of apps/games/software inspires you? Where do you get your ideas?
I like all sorts of logic / mind twister games and that is what I mostly write for the iPhone. I try to add a new twist to logic games I now.
How do you settle on the price point for your apps?
In the beginning I was experimenting with prices from 2.99 - free. By now, I do most new applications for free with AdMob advertisment, some for $.99
What has been the best thing about designing for the iPhone?
The iPhone SDK makes it very easy to add some visual effects (rotations, timed movement...etc) to your application. It's a solid API that makes it straight forward to develop visually interesting applications.
What has been the biggest challenge about designing for the iPhone?
I learned how to program objective-C for the iPhone development (I toyed with it before on Macs, but never anything serious). From the background I'm a windows programmer and things are just different in the Apple world.
Is your company venture backed or privately held?
Private. I'm the only one working on the application and I do it in my spare time after 'work'
Do you have any other apps in the works?
Yes — I'm always working on new ideas. I just submitted two new ones (Brain Boggler and Brain Scrambler) and have already ideas for more ...
What apps do you have on your iPhone?
The Weather Channel, Speed Test, AdMobPro, NYTimes, ABC News, Wikipanion, Flixter, Facebook, FactBook, VNC, RDP, Skype, Brick 3D, Trism, Bejeweled 2, Tiki Towers ... to just name a few of my most used ones.
What do you like to do when you're not coding for the iPhone?
Besides my daytime job I enjoy the time with my family (two children)