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Advice on choosing an iPhone developer

Our company has an ASP .Net web site developed in C#, with a SQL database (heaps of data) and we want to have an iphone application developed to download and upload data from and to the site. We have no experience with anything Apple, so we will need to outsource this.
What should we be looking for in an iPhone developer? What questions should we be asking?
I also have no concept of what it would cost to develop an app for an iphone. I understand that depends on the complexity of the app, does anyone have any examples of what they paid for a particular app, or what they charge to develop an app?
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woolnoirCommented:
Theres no way to answer this really without knowing the scope of the issue and more details - and even then most people here are probably not going to give you anything more than a REALLY rough cost. Ive seen iphone apps quoted at £5000 upwards to £50000 and thats just for small->medium things - if there is any testing, or regulatory concerns then the cost could soon hike.

The easiest way of doing this would be to produce a scope, and requirements document and give it to a programmer or development house to quote you on...
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ImpressionistAuthor Commented:
We'll definitely produce a detailed functional spec. I was just wondering of anyone had any examples of what they had produced for what cost. We're familiar with ASP .NET stuff, but have no idea about iPhone apps. Is there some list of Apple preferred developers, or anything like that to help us work out where to go? I've googled and found plenty, but have no idea where to start.
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woolnoirCommented:
A colleague of mine had an application produced, it was a exam revision app. The app took in a data file - that we could have on an intranet site. The file was a CSV file, with a question, number of answers, text of each answer in series and then a list of correct answers.

The app took about a week to develop and test and cost £2,000 including some requirements gathering etc. We though that to be pretty reasonable. The developer did mention that the price wouldnt hike to much with addition complexity (within reason) - as the bulk of the work for this project was req gathering and testing.
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ImpressionistAuthor Commented:
That does give me some idea. I'm in Australia, so rates would be different, but that gives me a concept to start with.
Hopefully someone will give me some advice on how to pick a developer. I'm keen to know if there's some sort of Apple list, like what Microsoft has in terms of MCADs etc
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woolnoirCommented:
We looked for a developer who has a track record, someone with a few apps in the marketplace which were of good quality - also we looked for a developer who has done other enterprise type apps (i.e used to the whole req's document etc ). Believe it or not a google search with iphone development+'my area' worked...

Sorry i cant be of more help, not based in Aus yet (until may 2011 at least!)
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ImpressionistAuthor Commented:
I'd still like to know whether apple have certified developers, but I will go away and work that out for myself.
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