First of all, there doesn’t seem to be any consensus to fall back on concerning what appification really means.
Research firm IDC talks about appification as the trend in which we gather more and more functionality in apps rather than the web and other ways of supporting the same functionality; basically capturing real life in apps. “Mobile app developers will ‘appify’ just about every interaction you can think of in your physical and digital worlds,” said a VP at IDC.
We see appification as the movement away from all-in-one software packages to smaller, independent, distinct, software apps, which cost nothing or very little. Such apps are downloaded over the Internet from some form of app store, they can be automatically and transparently updated on the fly, and each app serves a very particular purpose. In reference to what Apple is doing, this has been called “iOS-ification.”
Of course, some of these characteristics of an app, can also be applied to software packages like Microsoft Office. And some of these software packages end up in app stores. For example, Apple has published its Final Cut Pro X software in its Mac App Store, but the bundle that used to be Final Cut Studio is now available in its parts, not as a bundle. In the same way, iWork as a bundle seems to be on its way out, and users have to buy Pages, Keynote, and Numbers separately, both for Mac OS X and iOS.
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