ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What are Apple Apps?

Updated on September 13, 2012
Apps on an Apple iPhone
Apps on an Apple iPhone | Source

An Apple app is an application developed to extend the functionality of Apple devices. These software applications are generally developed by companies other than Apple are are specifically designed for use on Apple devices. Apps allow the device to perform specific tasks that the user wants or needs.

There are hundreds of thousands of Apple Apps available with everything from maps, weather, reading, games, photography, entertainments, business and finance related apps. Many app developers have used them for marketing purposes and many Magazines, Newspapers and Website also have their own apps available at the App store which allow their content to be easily accessed on an Apple Device. Apps help to make Apple Devices more desirable and a must have tool for many users who want instant access to information and software to perform specific tasks.

The "What's Hot" section of the App Store, viewed on an iPhone
The "What's Hot" section of the App Store, viewed on an iPhone | Source
App Updates on the App Store
App Updates on the App Store | Source

Where do I get Apps?

Apple devices come pre-installed with Apple created applications, however, apps are also available for download through the Apple App Store - which comes pre-installed on all Apple Devices. An Apple ID is required for download and use of Apple Apps and is easily created when a new Apple device is set up. These apps are either free or users pay a small fee for the purchase of the app, which is then downloaded to their Apple Device.

Once in the App Store, you can choose Apps via different categories or you can search for a specific app or topic. There are also different sections of the App store which allow you to browse different apps, these include featured apps, top charts and genius recommendations. Genius Recommendations finds apps that you may be interested in by looking at the apps you have already installed. Apple has made the Apps in their App Store easier to find by allowing you to sort them by category, release date, customer rating, price and device. Apple also promotes different apps through their website and various Social Media channels.

Apple App developers are constantly improving and enhancing their apps to make them better for users. When Apps you have installed to your Apple Device are updated by the Developer, the Apple App Store will show that an update is available. These updates are easily downloaded one at a time or all at once to ensure you always have the latest version.

How Can I Create Apps for Apple Devices?

Individuals can develop their own iPhone Apps by downloading the Apple Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) to create the app and an iPhone simulator to test it, however, Apple maintains strict control over what applications are available for download for Apple Devices. All developers who wish to submit an application to sell their App via the Apple App Store must register with Apple and pay a fee, the app then goes through the approval process and if it is accepted, the developer and Apple then share the revenue of any sales. Apple will reject any apps that are deemed inappropriate, un-useful or not entertaining and even accepted apps may be removed if complaints are made after their sale.

What are your favorite kinds of apps to download/buy?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • kissayer profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristy Sayer 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thank you! Good luck with your iPod touch!

    • toknowinfo profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks Kristy for a great hub. I haven't used any apps for my Itouch, I am too busy trying to conquer the games I download. When it comes to apps, I usually ask my kids. But now I might tackle this myself. Thanks for the info. Rated up and useful.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)