When Apple’s first iPhone launched in 2007, it did so without any third-party apps. On July 10th, 2008 the App Store launched at the company’s annual World-wide Developer Conference (WWDC) with approximately 500 apps.
Later that year, during the fall release of the iPhone 3G, Apple announced that it was opening up its platform to third-party developers. Today, there are over 2.2 million apps on the platform, according to Statista.
It is safe to say the App Store has had enormous impact on the growth of the mobile app development industry over the last twelve years, and many independent developers who put their apps on the platform rely heavily on sales and advertisement revenue as a primary source of income.
Enter COVID-19, Global Pandemic…
COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China the fall of in 2019.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives worldwide. For many independent developers and small businesses, this translates to increased volatility in critical revenue streams and puts them at risk of not being able to make ends meet. Fortunately, the Swift community is incredibly generous and has responded in an awesome way, led by John Sundell’s “Indie Support Weeks” initiative.
Here is John’s original tweet that sparked the community’s response:
As you can see, many people jumped on the thread to express their willingness to help, and before long a repository was created to manage all of the incoming requests from developers. After a little more than a week’s preparation, the initiative is live as of today:
For more information, or if you are interested in helping out, please visit John’s GitHub repository: