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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