Apple Patent Would Let You Build Apps Without Coding Know-How

You probably don't have the next Yelp on your hands, but you might have a killer idea with no clue how to get started. Apple wants to help you out. A new patent reveals that it could be cooking up an authoring tool that would let you build iOS apps, even if you don't know how to code.

Learning CSS, for example, is time consuming and tedious — much like learning Spanish or another language. However, Apple's proposed tool would set you up with everything you need to build an app without any previous knowledge.

The tool would also cater to programmers, making it possible to write software for several screen sizes at the same time. Apps could be created to work on the iPhone and iPad, as well as TVs and computers. Those with more finely honed technical skills could hand-edit code, too.

But if you're an amateur, you'd be able to choose from various templates to make, say, a noughts and crosses game or an interactive menu, as the patent explains. Then you could add in different pieces, additional pages, and configure the design and layout.

Though Apple regularly secures the rights to patents it doesn't necessarily use, it's worth pointing out that Google has had a similar tool, App Inventor, since July 2010. With the close of Google Labs back in December, it was moved over to MIT's centre for Mobile Learning, but Google Research provides funding. [AppleInsider]

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    Looks like the prophesied lovechild of PowerPoint and WinForms

    Its called object orintated programming and its been around a longggg time :) have a look at Ericsson/Aastra Solidus Scritp manager and you will see a very common VoIP version

    its like patenting the wheel

      No, object oriented programming referes to a language paradigm that packages methods and data into discrete chunks of reuseable code. You may be thinking of "Visual programming" in which yiou manipulate code through graphic constructs.

      Still like patenting the wheel though.

      As Apple have already tried to do... ;)

    Looks like a jazz'd up version of the Android App Inventor.

    "Learning CSS, for example, is time consuming and tedious"

    What a load of crap!!!!

      Time consuming and tedious for a tech journalist.

    Apps are what is needed to make your smartphone smart and unique.Im fond of app creating and find it really helpful to use site like Snappii where i can build apps in minutes.

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