Raven Zachary

Raven Zachary

Areas of Expertise:

  • iphone
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing
Raven Zachary helps people create, develop, and launch iPhone products and services. He also is a Contributing Analyst with The 451 Group, an IT industry analyst firm. Raven works with O'Reilly Media on iPhone and mobile technology related events and coverage, and is the founder of iPhoneDevCamp, a not-for-profit iPhone developer conference. He is currently advising a number of companies on iPhone strategy and product development. Raven has directed the launch of two Top 20 iPhone applications, Obama '08 for Obama for America and Nearby for Platial. He is regularly quoted by the press about the iPhone and is a frequent conference speaker on the topic. Ravenís iPhone pursuits can be viewed at raven.me and he can be followed on Twitter, @ravenme.

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Who's Winning the Smartphone Wars?

August 24 2009

The short answer - Microsoft and Nokia are slipping, RIM and Apple are gaining. It's too early to tell with Google. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. read more

The Next Wave of iPhone Apps

June 18 2009

This is the biggest week of the year for iPhone users, as Apple released iPhone OS 3.0 on Wednesday and will be launching the new iPhone 3GS on Friday. The iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update provides a significant number of enhancements to the operating system including spotlight search, cut, copy,… read more

Who says Lite apps don't work?!

January 13 2009

For the first time in the history of the App Store, the same iPhone application holds the #1 spot in both the Top 25 Paid and Free apps lists. The app is iShoot by Ethan Nicholas. It's a fairly straightforward... read more

iPhone Activities @ Macworld

January 05 2009

Headed to Macworld? There are number of iPhone-related talks and events taking place at and surrounding Macworld this year. This is liklely not complete list, but I provide some of the items that stand out. This information is collected from... read more

Palm's Third Act

December 27 2008

2009 marks another year when Macworld and CES are scheduled for the same week. It'll be a great week for product announcements, but it'll also be a week of information overload. RSS feeds will overflow with gadget coverage. For those of us covering technology, it presents some logistical challenges, too.… read more

Apple's New Position on App Acceptance

December 27 2008

As best as we can piece together, Apple changed its criteria for iPhone application acceptance sometime in early December. The first we heard of this change was from Sam Magdalein, creator of Pull My Finger. Earlier this month, he received... read more

Apple Loves Free Apps

December 08 2008

Apple has been focusing its recent iPhone marketing efforts on applications. This is an approach I am quite pleased with as it has tremendous strengths in regards to expressing the 'more than a phone' capabilities of the device. Application distribution... read more

Apple Loves Free Apps

December 06 2008

Apple has been focusing its recent iPhone marketing efforts on applications. This is an approach I am quite pleased with as it has tremendous strengths in regards to expressing the 'more than a phone' capabilities of the device. Application distribution... read more

10,000 iPhone Apps

December 01 2008

Two services that track the iPhone App Store - AppShopper and 148Apps, announced on Saturday that there have been over 10,000 iPhone applications released on the US App Store. The number of currently available applications is just shy of 10,000 due to discontinued apps and a few that have been… read more

iPhone Apps Over $100

November 30 2008

Put aside the debate about $0.99 vs $1.99 on the App Store for a minute. How about $109.99 vs. $199.99?! There are currently 14 iPhone applications for sale on the US App Store for more than $100. While some of... read more

iPhone Apps Over $100

November 30 2008

Put aside the debate about $0.99 vs $1.99 on the App Store for a minute. How about $109.99 vs. $199.99?! There are currently 14 iPhone applications for sale on the US App Store for more than $100. While some of... read more

Turning Ideas Into iPhone Applications

November 24 2008

"I have an idea for an iPhone application." The most common conversation I have with people these days concerns the process of turning ideas into iPhone applications. Someone reaches out to me from across the Internet, hoping I will be... read more

Asynchronous Multiplayer Mobile Gaming

November 22 2008

With all the news on Friday about Apple's release of iPhone OS 2.2, there was another iPhone news item that got less attention than it deserved. Two young iPhone developers, Danielle Cassley and Jason Citron, released the sequel to their much-acclaimed iPhone puzzle game, Aurora Feint. Aurora Feint II: The… read more

Turning Ideas Into iPhone Applications

November 22 2008

"I have an idea for an iPhone application." The most common conversation I have with people these days concerns the process of turning ideas into iPhone applications. Someone reaches out to me from across the Internet, hoping I will be... read more

Sketching Your iPhone Application

November 11 2008

Brian Cooke of roobasoft has posted an insightful blog entry about the launch of his iPhone application, Count It Off, used for 'simple calorie counting and weight tracking'. What stands out about this blog entry more than anything else is... read more

iPhone is the Top Selling Consumer Phone in the U.S.

November 11 2008

The third calendar quarter of 2008 (Apple F4Q08) was a record for iPhone sales. 6.9 million iPhones were sold from July through September, more than the 6.1 million iPhones sold in prior quarters combined. Steve Jobs mentioned during Apple's most recent quarterly earnings call (transcript) that the company had even… read more

New iPhoneLive Conference in November

September 04 2008

Please welcome Raven Zachary, an iPhone maven and the chair for our new conference. He will be blogging on Radar about iPhone and mobile issues. -- Brady I am pleased to announce the launch of a new O'Reilly Media conference focused on the emerging iPhone ecosystem - iPhoneLive. Apple's iPhone… read more

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Webcast: A Preview of iPhoneLive
October 14, 2008
In this live, online event, Bill Dudney and Raven Zachary share a preview of the presentations they'll give at the upcoming iPhoneLive Conference taking place November 18 in San Jose. Following this preview, you'll have plenty of time to ask questions...