It’s the dream of pretty much everyone who has worked on an app to get an app featured by Apple. By now I’m sure we’ve all heard the stories of ridiculous profits that can be earned within a few days.
Now the problem is, how does Apple choose which apps are featured? I’ve seen absolute junk get featured in the Canadian app store while some brilliant apps seem to get glanced over. So unfortunately, no matter what luck definitely seems to be the biggest factor in the formula for getting your apps featured in the magic formula.
All that being said I read an interesting article from one developer who was able to get their app featured by Apple, a game known as Alienz which was able to reach the top 100 strategy and arcade game categories of the app store earning them nearly $2k in a week.
Here’s a quick summary of the formula they came up with:
- Presentation – Definitely looks are the most important factor that you can actually control.
- Uniqueness – The author emphasizes this, and it seems to be a factor, but I have seen a lot of rehashed stuff get featured so I’m not too sure about this one.
- Time of release – Interesting stuff here.. definitely seems like on some days Apple has slimmer pickings on some days as opposed to others. Their suggestion is not to get your app listed right after the weekend if you want to get featured.
- Make The App Paid – According to the author Apple typically only features free apps by big publishers.
- Get Mentioned By The Big Sites – Apple seems to favor apps featured on big sites by Engadget (I would say though that these are usually only quality apps anyways 🙂
Interesting stuff, and you can read the full article here.
I would say that it is 90% luck, 9% presentation, and 1% the other stuff, but definitely some things to consider.
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Welcome to the sixth iteration of the open source iPhone and iPad apps list for those seeking app source code. For those that have seen similar listings on other sites using the exact wordings, and links below welcome to the source for the original list. Also included are some open source iPad apps, and universal open source iOS apps.
It can be tough to learn how to develop, especially when it comes to finding complete examples. That’s why I put this list together. Each of these open source iPhone apps is not just open source, but has been in the app store, and all but one are in there right now. So if you’re looking for an example of some real apps here they are.
Last Update: 4/28/2016
The Open Source iPhone Apps List
Here is the open source iphone app list in alphabetical order:
81. ViralFire – Unique game where you are a dodging blood cell. (source code)
These are apps that are no longer in the app store for which source code is available:
93. 2012 Olympics – App displaying timetable for 2012 Olympic events. (source code)
94. Aeropack – A steampunk themed retro-platform game created using GameSalad. (source code)
95. Alphabet Blocks – An educational toy featuring letter blocks created with using Cocos2D.. (source code)
96. Clearis – Cocos2D based puzzle game. (source code)
97. Cryptose – A cryptogram puzzle game made with the Marmalade (formerly Airplay) SDK. (source code)
98. Fosdem– Calendar app for the Fosdem open source conference. (source code)
99. NowPlaying – Allows you to check local theater listings, and check rotten tomato ratings. (source code)
100. PocketFlix – Find movies, and manage your Netflix information. (source code)
101. Prey – Anti-theft tracker featuring on-demand and push notification activation. (source code)
102. reMail – E-mail client featuring ultra-fast search. Removed from app store, but source made available. (source code)
103. RobotFindsKitten – Port of a very silly “classic” ASCII game. (source code)
104. Sci-15 HPCalc – Calculator app based on classic scientific HP-Calculator. (source code)
105. Scratch – A viewer allowing you to run applications made with MIT’s scratch project. (source code)
107. Star3Map – Augmented reality star and planet charting application. (source code)
108. Teh Internets – A silly side scrolling game that makes fun of many internet memes created using Cocos2D. (source code)
109. Tilt Monster – iPhone game written with the Corona SDK that reached top 25 in the app store. (source code)
110. Tux Rider – iPhone port of the extremely popular, and beautiful 3D Tux Racer game. (source code)
Check them out if you are working on something similar or think they might have a feature you could use there’s no reason to re-invent the wheel. Always make sure you understand the licenses as many of these open source iPhone apps are GPL and require that you open source your app.
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If you’ve found or have released an app that you would like added to the open source iphone apps list then please mention it in the comments.
This is a ranked listing of iPhone application review sites that accept applications submissions from developers. Getting listed on these sites can be a good way to gain exposure for your app, and every little bit helps.
I have filtered out sites that simply track iTunes feeds and list everything in the store.
The listings are ranked based on traffic given by the Compete.com rank.
http://toucharcade.com Compete Rank: 18,238
http://www.appsafari.com Compete Rank:27,893
http://appadvice.com Compete Rank: 38,515
http://www.appcraver.com Compete Rank: 39,759
http://iphoneapplicationlist.com Compete Rank: 56,764
http://www.appstoreapps.com Compete Rank: 88,622
http://www.gamestooge.com Compete Rank: 121,583
http://theapppodcast.com Compete Rank: 174,360
http://www.freshapps.com Compete Rank: 201,486
http://www.nativeiphoneapps.com Compete Rank: 345,031
http://www.iphoneblog.de Compete Rank: 1,141,082
http://www.apptheater.com Compete Rank: 1,171,181
http://www.appgallery.org Compete Rank: New
http://iphoneappgirl.com Compete Rank: New
http://www.theipodkid.com Compete Rank: New
If you know of any other good sites that accept app submissions for review please post them here. Thanks.
As many of you may have noticed, I have been updating my older resource lists with updated links that have been shared with me in the last few months since starting this site, and I’ve been uploading tutorials/other videos to Youtube.
One resource which I didn’t really think about was Youtube. I wasn’t really a Youtuber before uploading my videos, but something I noticed was that there is a massive number of people on Youtube doing app reviews. Usually developers will upload a usage video to Youtube, and ultimately that’s the end of things, it’s hit or miss, and most videos get very few views.
Why not send the App reviewers your apps? Many of these reviewers have already established a subscriber base of 10,000 or more on Youtube (along with nearly as many on Twitter), and I’m sure would be flattered if sent a promotional code. A couple who I have contacted seemed very excited about the idea. Also, many of these videos end up being shown on other sites so the effect can multiply.
I wouldn’t be turned off it appears that many of these viewers are members of the younger set, after all this is a large segment of the App market, and especially if you’re developing an entertainment app this likely is your market.
Onto the list, I’ve sorted the reviewers here by the number of subscribers each has to their channels. If you have an ACTIVE channel that I have not listed here please post it below, and I will add it to the list.
http://www.youtube.com/user/AppStoreReviewer 19,040 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheiPodKid 16,237 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/UltimatePhoneReviews 13,420 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/iTouchiPodz 12,645 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/appvee 8,197 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/UniqueApps 4370 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/iPhoneications 3,697 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Punisher08 3,504 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/HDiPhone 2,892 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/iTouchReviewer10 2,475 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/iTouchiApps 2,282 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/LoadedAppReviews 2071 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/AppReviews101 1447 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/iTouchAppInfo 653 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/AppReviewer21 552 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/TapCritic 536 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/iPodAppReviewing 532 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/pogochamp113 335 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/AppleAppStoreReviews 279 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/SuzieQTv 226 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/AppSource 211 Subscribers.
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