How can an iPhone app developer get compensation?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by nagromme, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I'm curious. Am I right that there's no good way for iPhone web-based app developers to sell their work? (And since all web-based apps require bandwidth/hosting expense, they will generally lose money?)

    I know sites can demand a password as proof of payment, but apparently the iPhone doesn't (yet) remember passwords, so that's not good.

    And I know sites can ask for voluntary donations, but that's risky since the donations might or might not pay for the bandwidth.

    Am I missing any other options?

    I have no apps of my own in mind; just wondering. Because if all iPhone apps require the developers to buy bandwidth and risk losing money, then it seems even MORE likely that Apple will have other development options coming the future. (Like locally-stored AJAX apps right on the phone, even.)
  2. bdj21ya macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    Couldn't you do something with cookies?
  3. StrongBad macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2003
    Cookies work just fine for storing user info on the iPhone, and I'd say subscription based apps are the best way to ensure you app stays profitable.
  4. Cleverboy macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2007
    Pocket Universe, nth Dimensional Complex Manifold
    Whoever told you this was very mistaken. Not ONLY does the iPhone "remember passwords" using cookies but it shouldn't have trouble with "sessions" either. I've been signed into a multitude of websites, including this one ONCE, able to return, automatically be signed-in, without any trouble whatsoever. The question you're asking is a bit loaded though. You're asking how an iPhone developer can distribute, effectively, a "paid app". There's a few levels to that answer.

    Kudit seems to have a solution:

    There are many different approaches to this same solution, however...

    ~ CB
  5. nagromme thread starter macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Got it. So Safari doesn't remember passwords like Keychain, but if the SITE itself supports passwords in cookies, those will work.

    Any methods other than cookies?
  6. DrMoray macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2007
    North Carolina
    You've hit on a major issues with the iPhone "SDK" - there's no good way for developers make money off of their apps. Basic web based applications monetize basically one of three ways:

    1 - Ads
    2 - Donations
    3 - Subscriptions

    All three have their drawbacks when it comes to function or design and certainly when it comes to profit. When Apple releases a real SDK, then we'll see the quality applications come to life, but I don't see it happening before next year.

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