In July 2008, Apple launched the App Store, 1 1/2 years after the release the first iPhone, an event that would change the world of publishing forever.
At that point, software
applications, aka apps (i.e., task-specific coded programs or utilities
for end users), had existed for some time, since the birth of the computer. But their numbers were few.
And never before had they been powered and run on a hand-held device
that tripled as personal compu-
ter, music player, and phone.
unleashed an industry more vast and far-reaching than even Steve Jobs
ted. New apps exploded onto the market, simpli-
fying life's daily tasks in ways we didn't know we wanted but now
can't live without.