I've thought about writing an iPhone app for a long time now, but I always brushed the idea off for one reason or another. Recently, a friend of mine came to me and asked if I wanted to develop an app with him, and with that, I think it's high time to work on something. We both have a programming background, though my programming at work these days is minimal. I'm more into databases/reporting/statistics now than before. We do both have a college diploma as Computer Programmers though so the concepts of loops, variables, classes, methods etc are not foreign to us at all. Having said that, the closest thing we have to "C" experience is a year long C++ course from 6 years ago. Now, I have a few questions: 1) Generally speaking, how long should it take two guys with a programming background to get their feet wet and start feeling comfortable in the iOS programming environment? 2) Again, generally speaking, what kind of money can a person expect to make from the app store? Neither one of us expect to be up there with Angry Birds on the first pass, but if 80% of the apps in the store never even get looked at, is there a point in spending all this time to sell 4 downloads. I know that #2 depends entirely on the app idea, the execution, and the reliability of the app (and even some luck), but I just want to get a sense from experienced developers what the market is like. If you throw up a simple app does it make you a few hundred bucks or does Apple cut you a cheque for .57 cents at the end of each month. Any other information you think is relevant, let me have it.