David G. Wilson is a part-time independant iPhone developer living in Wellington, New Zealand.
My association with all things Apple goes back to the Apple ][+ where I was involved in systems development supporting a local business part time.
I’m a former President of the Wellington Apple Users’ Group and in 1997 was awarded an honorary Life Membership.
Today I work for one of the worlds leading IT manufacturers and service providers and in my spare time (not much) enjoy some iPhone development.
I brought a iPhone 3G as soon as possible when they were released in New Zealand being keen to get my hands on the new device and be able to control a computer with the touch and flick of a finger. Being able to download and begin development with the iPhone software development kit has unleashed possibilities that quite frankly I wish I’d thought of (or I wouldn’t still be looking for that lotto win). In an interesting twist I now carry around two phones every day – one is my non iPhone work provide cell phone, and the other is my iPhone or iEverything device. Why? Well I just can’t bring myself to put my work SIM into my personal iPhone. At that point it ceases to become my phone and I think the fun will go. The iPhone is on pre-pay and I’m only consuming data on it using the various data options available, currently NZ$10 for 100MB and this suits me just fine.
I’ve got several applications that I’m developing and these do tend to be things that interest me. For example one of my first applications took a look at the iPhone location services (GPS). That application has a lot of features, lets you keep track of where you’ve been and then ultimately you can look at where you have travelled overlaid on GoogleEarth. Certain mechanics of this application have bugged me so it’s never been released.
Along with a good friend here in Wellington who assisted with reverse engineering the USB control codes for the USB Missile Launchers I write the Mac software called “USB Missile Launcher NZ”. Trying to figure out how to get this working with the iPhone proved to be relatively easy in the end. The desktop software is still required with the iPhone “Missile Control” connecting to the desktop software over WiFi to remotely (look mum no wires) control the launcher. As of writing the application is still going through the approval process at Apple.
Today I can be found on the web in two places (the later needs a bit of an update):