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  • iAd Mobile Platform Officially Unveiled



    As expected, Steve Jobs introduced a new advertising platform today dubbed "iAd."

    Unveiled as a mechanism to help developers make money, Apple will host the ads and provide devs with a 60% cut. "We have a lot of free or reasonably priced apps. We like that," said Jobs. "But our devs have to find ways to make money. So our devs are putting ads into apps, and for lack of a better way to say it, we think most of this kind of advertising sucks."

    Pointing to the difference between digital advertising on mobile devices and that which is found on a desktop computer, Jobs reiterated that advertising dollars are closely related to all things "search" related. On a mobile platform, however, delivering targeted advertising campaigns can be a bit more difficult.

    Essentially, iPhone/iPad users should brace for an advertising blitz on their mobile devices the likes of which they've never seen. In a nutshell, "iAd" comes built into the new OS. What it provides is the opportunity for users to "click and consume" easily. That is, they can absorb the ads - and even interact with them - without ever having to exit an application. In this regard, the "iAd" mobile advertising platform is definitely a unique arrival to the mobile advertising world and one that will probably be widely emulated (ripped-off) before long.

    Pointing to the reach and lucrative potential of the new iAd platform, Apple is clearly making an effort to inspire developers to keep up the good work for more in return than just a pat on the back after a frustrating and extended wait to have their work approved and welcomed into the App Store

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: iAd Mobile Platform Officially Unveiled started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. Frostbite's Avatar
      Frostbite -
      Two game changing questions about iADs: Will they be integrated into things like the SB and will you be able to pay to make them go away, much like the premium vs lite apps today?

      1st
    1. miistahmagic's Avatar
      miistahmagic -
      I suppose the devs must have some incentive to keep making good free and reasonably priced apps, but I will be more than happy if someone creates a jailbroken app that blocks iAd entirely.
    1. symondavis's Avatar
      symondavis -
      My couple of free slots are gone. Sorry
    1. TRiPLEX's Avatar
      TRiPLEX -
      Is this good or bad for normal users (clearly not devs)
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      I say good. better apps for free. Plus you can exit the add at any time
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Another reason why jailbreaking should/will never die.
    1. Jasper44's Avatar
      Jasper44 -
      People really need to know what they're talking about before they write. If you actually read any of the live blogs, rather than just seeing "iAd" and freaking out, you'd know all this does is replace old ads. If there's an ad in an app now, you click on it and it opens something in safari. All this does is change that so if you click on it, it opens up within the app and obviously they can make the ads interactive and what not. There won't be any ads on the springboard, you aren't forced to click on them, etc. So calm down people.
    1. Project:Vapor's Avatar
      Project:Vapor -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jasper44 View Post
      People really need to know what they're talking about before they write. If you actually read any of the live blogs, rather than just seeing "iAd" and freaking out, you'd know all this does is replace old ads. If there's an ad in an app now, you click on it and it opens something in safari. All this does is change that so if you click on it, it opens up within the app and obviously they can make the ads interactive and what not. There won't be any ads on the springboard, you aren't forced to click on them, etc. So calm down people.
      Quoted for truth. All this will do is give the devs more incentive to give us free things. It will not shut down your phone as the rumor a few weeks ago suggested. I for one was scared to death about iAd....until this morning. I think this is amazing.
    1. Ajblue7's Avatar
      Ajblue7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by miistahmagic View Post
      I suppose the devs must have some incentive to keep making good free and reasonably priced apps, but I will be more than happy if someone creates a jailbroken app that blocks iAd entirely.
      i know, everyone hates ads, i don't think by the description that the ads are going to be much of a problem especially since you did get the app for free. I takes months to make apps and if anyone trys to block the ads i think they should get shot. if your to cheap to buy the app be grateful with the free one and deal with the ads. the devs should get paid for their work, and if the users can get it for free thats another plus
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Does anyone else view this as less of an incentive for devs and more of a "we want to make money off of the ads that devs integrate into their free apps" move by Apple? Sure the devs make 60% of the ad money, but that 40% that Apple is making is all new revenue for them, is it not?

      Quote Originally Posted by Ajblue7 View Post
      i know, everyone hates ads, i don't think by the description that the ads are going to be much of a problem especially since you did get the app for free. I takes months to make apps and if anyone trys to block the ads i think they should get shot. if your to cheap to buy the app be grateful with the free one and deal with the ads. the devs should get paid for their work, and if the users can get it for free thats another plus
      The only problem with this statement is that I don't think there is any sort of required limitation to keep this to free apps only. They could very well charge you ten bucks for an app and still have it integrate iAd. What about data usage. Luckily in the US we are on unlimited data (as of right now anyway). This isn't so for all of the rest of the world with iPhones.
    1. Ajblue7's Avatar
      Ajblue7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Does anyone else view this as less of an incentive for devs and more of a "we want to make money off of the ads that devs integrate into their free apps" move by Apple? Sure the devs make 60% of the ad money, but that 40% that Apple is making is all new revenue for them, is it not?
      its not all revenue and ill explain, for one the 40% taken out helps pay apple developers that help create many of the features of the os. also iAD would use some developers that need to be ready they need to be able to fix bugs and problems that just about everything has. they also will be working on improving it and the way iad is most likely they will need a good amount of people to be finding companies and products willing to have ads, approving the ads. because apple isn't google they don't have thousands of people wanting to advertise.

      Of course they do make some revenu from it, why would you want to make something if there was nothing in it for them???
    1. Jasper44's Avatar
      Jasper44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      What about data usage. Luckily in the US we are on unlimited data (as of right now anyway). This isn't so for all of the rest of the world with iPhones.
      You don't have to click on them...if you don't click on them now, you still don't have to click on them if it's an iAd.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I think you missed my point. We already have ads done by devs. Apple simply wants to cash in on these ads now and are masking this by saying "it will make things better for devs." I am not saying it will not make things better for devs. What I am saying is I really doubt that is the main driving force here.

      Quote Originally Posted by Jasper44 View Post
      You don't have to click on them...if you don't click on them now, you still don't have to click on them if it's an iAd.
      I imgaine it will still use data to load the ad though...
    1. Ajblue7's Avatar
      Ajblue7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      The only problem with this statement is that I don't think there is any sort of required limitation to keep this to free apps only. They could very well charge you ten bucks for an app and still have it integrate iAd. What about data usage. Luckily in the US we are on unlimited data (as of right now anyway). This isn't so for all of the rest of the world with iPhones.
      this is true, but they did say that they wanted to do it for free apps, and really if apple makes every app have iad i will hate them and say devs ill give you a cookie if you block it. but i think it will be an option given to developers and so far none of the paid apps chose to use ads in them. If an app does do that, i like to know what im buying to i always check the comments and if a paid app has ads in it im sure there will be people complaining in the comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I suppose my main fear is seeing tons of free apps now that are just ridden with ads if/when it proves profitable. If it is an app you use frequently I can easily see ads being way more profitable than a one time fee of $5.00
    1. Ajblue7's Avatar
      Ajblue7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I think you missed my point. We already have ads done by devs. Apple simply wants to cash in on these ads now and are masking this by saying "it will make things better for devs." I am not saying it will not make things better for devs. What I am saying is I really doubt that is the main driving force here.



      I imgaine it will still use data to load the ad though...
      If you haven't caught on yet apple is a perfectionist to make it better for the users, i for one always accidentally click ads and it brings up safari and i get pissed off. this way apple has made it so you can check out a product painlessly and not have to think of an add so much because its integrated. Of course apple does get some of the pie but im sure apple was recieving complaints that all of these game ads now and that its annoying everytime they launch safari.

      on a side note i cant wait for opera mini. and trust me apple will approve it its only been like 2weeks now and apps usually take about a month, also their is a lot of stuff that goes into a browser app and needs to be thoroughly searched through. as of now apple gets nothing from you using safari, they don't really care. Also they have approved bing and bing is a product of their rival microsoft. opera is just a little small browser developer, a very small amount of people use opera as of now because it isn't very well known.
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      the ads we already have to deal with a annoying enough and now this?!
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      Quote Originally Posted by miistahmagic View Post
      I suppose the devs must have some incentive to keep making good free and reasonably priced apps, but I will be more than happy if someone creates a jailbroken app that blocks iAd entirely.
      Probably, we have AdBlock and a bunch of others to block AdMob, and Safari. And you can edit txt files for Cydia to block Cydia Ads
    1. rel1215's Avatar
      rel1215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I think you missed my point. We already have ads done by devs. Apple simply wants to cash in on these ads now and are masking this by saying "it will make things better for devs." I am not saying it will not make things better for devs. What I am saying is I really doubt that is the main driving force here.



      I imgaine it will still use data to load the ad though...
      did you actually watch the keynote....specifically the part about iAds?
      doesn't sound like it. While I was watching this from the business point of view, I was actually really impressed with iAds. They were more like mini apps within the app compared to the adMob ads you see in free apps now. it doesn't sound like they will be present all the time....something like every three mins one might pop up, and you can completely ignore them. honestly, it looked like the first fresh look at advertising that i've seen in a long time.....surprised it came from apple, instead of...well.....someone in advertising.

      I'll def be likely to click on an ad here and there to help the devs out a little......no real reason not to since it won't take me out of the app
    1. gcastro723's Avatar
      gcastro723 -
      surely there will be a way around this as soon as cydia hits 4.0