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How to create an iPhone app

Plus: customise your BlackBerry or Google Android handset

Those who have given into the marketing hype of the iPhone may well have found that, despite having thousands of apps available in the App Store, the one you really want doesn’t exist. Creating your own app will provide the functionality you need, and companies who do so stand to gain real kudos. We'll also show BlackBerry and Google Android users how to customise their handsets.

Step 3. Next, you need to create a splash screen. This image needs to be 312x480 pixels (WxH) and saved in PNG format. AppMakr can track down recognisable logos for you if you don’t have one to hand, displaying them on the emulator screen. Click an image to preview it, then press Save when you’re happy.

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Step 4. Once you’ve given your app a name, description and images, you’re ready to add some content. Click on the Feeds/Tabs button at the top of the page, then click ‘+ Add RSS/Atom Feed’ under Your Feeds. PC Advisor has several RSS feeds set up. We found them by Googling our site name and pasting the relevant code into AppMakr.

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Step 5. When you click to add a new feed, AppMakr duplicates the name and icon from the preceding one. Click the text field to replace it. Double-click the icon to bring up icons covering a range of topics. Choose one or upload your own. We were able to find distinguishing icons for our news, reviews, security and blogs feeds.

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Step 6. Press ‘View in Browser’ at any time to preview your app. If you want to be able to use it as a real app on an iPhone or publish the app for others to download, you must sign up for an Apple Developer Account and pay a fee to AppMakr. See Apple Developer Network on the following page.

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