There’s an app for that

It is amazing how quickly Apple’s campaign to create applications (apps) for the iPad and iPhone has not only spread among software developers but also into the general population. “There’s an app for that” has evolved from a marketing push to a punch-line for jokes to a commonly used phrase.

“Is there an app for that?” is probably heard as often as “There’s an app for that.”

There's an app for that

Storefront of Apple Store at the Columbia Mall, Columbia, Maryland (Photo by Lawrence I. Charters, taken with an iPhone)

While the application explosion is extraordinary, so is the method of distribution: you can buy an application (“buy” includes free applications) while sitting in a coffee shop, or in your living room, or almost anywhere but a computer store or electronics store. There are no store aisles, you don’t have to wait in line at the checkout counter, you don’t carry your purchase home in a bag, and you don’t have to throw away the cardboard and plastic packing materials.

If that isn’t enough, there are even apps to help you shop for apps.

 

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