Many online publications are full of rumors that allegedly many developers speak extremely negatively about the change in the display size of the future iPhone and iPad. Although there is also speculation that on the contrary, the global IT community supports the change in screen sizes for apple technology. So where is the truth? We managed to find the answer.
The launch of the large-screen iPhone 5, as well as the iPad Mini, won't bother the developers who attended the Worldwide Developers Conference last week. Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray conducted a survey of 100 developers at WWDC 2012 in San Francisco about the difficulty of fitting their apps to the new screen sizes of the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.
Developers were asked to indicate, on a scale of one to 10, the difficulty of changing applications to new screen sizes. According to the survey, iOS developers rated the difficulty of upgrading an application at 3.4 out of 10 possible points, so this is not a difficult task for them.
Gene Munster stated:
The next generation iPhone 5 is expected to have a 4-inch screen with a 16 * 9 aspect ratio. All previous iPhones had a 3.5-inch screen with a 3 * 2 aspect ratio. The future screen will not increase in width, it will only stretch vertically.
It is also rumored that Apple is planning to release an iPad with a 7.85-inch display this fall. The new device will have a resolution of 1024 * 768 pixels, which is equal to the resolution of the iPad and iPad 2, in other words, all applications created for older tablets will be compatible with the iPad mini.
The developers also told the Munster team that 55 percent of them write apps for both IOS and Android. Another 14 percent are developing for Windows Phone, and only 9 percent for BlackBerry.
Survey data shows that the number of iOS-Android cross-platform developers is growing, since last year there were only 47 percent. The number of developers for BlackBerry has dropped from 36 percent last year.
However, which platform do cross-platform developers prefer more? Among 55% of developers who create apps for IOS and Android, 84% said iOS is a more convenient development platform, while only 5% named Android, and 2% said Windows Phone.
Developers also said they see more potential in iOS for their future earnings, and 64% of developers said they make more money thanks to Apple. Only 5 percent said they make more money from Android, and the remaining 31 percent were undecided when answering the question.
Gene Munster summed up: