New iPhone apps classes let you learn, test and earn

There’s an app for just about anything, or so Apple says. And colleges and universities across the country are taking notice, offering courses in programming iPhone applications to computer-related majors, USA Today reports. The courses represent a new path of study for many colleges and universities recognizing the longevity of smartphones and social media, college professors say. iPhone apps, short for applications, are single-purpose programs that allow users to do everything from read the news to play musical instruments. They are largely produced by independent programmers who pay a $99 fee to create, test and distribute — many times for profit — their app. An iPhone Developer University Program launched last fall, however, allows qualifying colleges and universities to produce iPhone apps at no cost, spurring several institutions to offer a course in the technology. Apple declined to comment on the number of schools participating, but they include Stanford and NJIT.

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