AppleInsider spotted an interesting patent application this morning entitled ‘Content Configuration for Device Platforms.’ The document was filed by Apple on December 15th of last year.

The patent describes a piece of software that would help non-programmers develop iOS applications. Remember the iBooks authoring tool Apple released back in January? Yeah, this is a lot like that…

AppleInsider explains:

“Creating these [iOS] applications would be a simplified process in which the user could select a template for their software. From there, they would begin to fill in the pieces and build their own iOS application, webpage, or advertisement.

The filing suggests that Apple sees this new, simplified iOS software creation tool as a way that small business, in particular, could get involved in application creation. In another example, a restaurant called “The Legends of Rib” has an interactive menu on the iPhone.”

Of course, there are services available right now for folks that want to create applications with little programming knowledge. But they typically cost money, have shoddy interfaces, and other limitations. Apple’s solution would be free, and assumedly better.

Since this is merely a patent application, there is no telling whether Apple will ever release such a tool to the public. But as a programming novice who sometimes bounces around in Xcode in an attempt to create things, I sincerely hope it does.

  • Yes! Dumb it up for us normal people!

  • Im a programmer, any good books to introduce you to iOS + Objective C from start?

  • Is there any good books you recommend for us programmers? Looking out to learn iOS and Objective C from start in one book.

    • I would recommend Programming in Objective C by Stephen Kochan to learn Objective C. Then read iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide. That’s what I did and I know I have an app in the AppStore. It even got featured by Apple in New and Noteworthy for a while. Still have a lot to learn but it’s a start.

      • whats the name of your app?

        btw you could also try the videos in itunes U which are free under standford university, search for paul hegarty ‘ipad and iphone application development.

      • Kok Hean

        Pocket Algebra? And one troll gave 1 out of 5 stars even though it’s nice and free!


        ( º_ º) (kissthechocolate) Horrible! Worst math app ever! Hard to navigate and VERY limited in ways that can help you. I have seen better free aps than this!

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  • I’d like to see these non-programmers debug.