WWDC survey finds 47% of iOS developers support Android, 7% write for Mac



  • Reply 61 of 66
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,932member
    Originally Posted by Mac.World View Post

    I believe you need a random sampling size of roughly 1,050 developers to get a realistic representation of the entire dev populous, assuming there are 61,000 of them.

    Polling accuracy is a function of sample size alone (i.e., independent of the total population size), unless the sample size is greater than (rule of thumb) 5% of the total population size.

    For a sample size of 1050, the maximum margin of error at 95% confidence would be +/- 1.5%.
  • Reply 62 of 66
    Originally Posted by gescom View Post

    Just curious, couldn't you argue that a tightly controlled system is similar to a communist regime as well?

    (I'm hoping we don't get into a giant "political circle" discussion )
  • Reply 63 of 66
    most research are skewed.

    mainly research is done to support a point, which is skewed.

    too many factors, too many misinterpretations.
  • Reply 64 of 66
    firefly7475firefly7475 Posts: 1,502member
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post

    Sure, it's the right idea just as Apple tossed out the Mac UI to create the iPhone and then tossed out the iPhone UI to create the iPad UI. But is that what MS is doing, or are they just putting an additional UI layer using IE's new web code over Win8. How effective will a Chrome-like UI work on a tablet that is Windows underneath? Google started from scratch to make their Chrome OS efficient. Can MS really do that?

    Well that's the big question isn't it?
  • Reply 65 of 66
    shaun, ukshaun, uk Posts: 1,050member
    Originally Posted by cloudgazer View Post

    erm - how on earth do you get to there from the article? The tiny overlap? If anything the article shows that the development bases are diverging and that there is no benefit in merging the OSes.

    The main thing that held Apple back over the years was the software conundrum. They never had a sufficiently large user base to encourage software developers to develop Mac versions of their Windows software. So the Mac had limited appeal to many people. Of course there was always lots of Mac users and enough software if you looked hard enough but most consumers didn't look.

    So along comes iPod etc and iOS and suddenly millions of devices out there encourage software developers to build iOS apps. That encourages more people to buy the iOS devices. Kerching!

    So if only 7% of WWDC attendees (1500 is a good sample size in market research) are also developing Mac apps that shows to me that there is little cross pollination. In other words iOS developers are not then going on to also develop for the Mac, which is what Aple was hoping would happen.

    So Apple wants to sell as many Macs as possible. The more software apps it has the better. So it makes sense to merge iOS and OSX so developers built one app that can run on all Apple machines without much extra effort. Steve said it in his keynote: "The Mac is now just another device" within the iCloud eco system.
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