I'm certain you're conscious of the explosion in recognition of iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad applications. Even if you don't personal 1 of these devices, you've probably seen 1 of Apple's commercials showing how amazingly fun or useful all their apps are.
Businesses are obtaining into the app craze by the thousands. Not only are new companies being formed to develop apps, but many existing companies are developing their personal apps, either as an extra revenue stream or just as a way to develop their brand.
In fact, a lot of companies are starting to think of apps as the new website: every business should have 1!
Here's something to believe about: who's really building all these apps?
There's presently a massive disparity between provide and demand when it comes to iOS development. The iOS platform didn't even exist 3 years ago, and suddenly there are tens of thousands of companies and people desperately looking for people to develop their apps.
It's a fantastic time to be an iOS developer. Obviously new app companies have a require for developers, but even the big established companies require people. You don't have to look far to find locations searching to hire, and you can also do fantastic working as a consultant or freelancer. Many companies aren't searching to build an app in-house if app development isn't a core part of their business.
In addition, no matter where you're situated in the world, there most likely isn't a lot of outsourcing for iOS development. It's just too new a platform. Off-shore development shops like to concentrate on large, established platforms for which certifications are available. This is why.NET and other Microsoft platforms are so huge in the outsourcing globe, while open source platforms are comparatively limited. The iOS platform is nonetheless only a few years old, and Apple has however to produce an official certification program.
I anticipate this demand is only going to continue, at least in the brief term of the next couple of years. The iPhone is still hugely well-liked, and is continuing to be added to new carriers, which means new customers. The iPad's development has been huge even in the fairly short time it's been available.
Another aspect not to discount is the Mac App Store. I anticipate it to only get much more well-liked as it becomes additional integrated with Mac OS X Lion. If you're an iOS developer, it's only a very short jump to developing Mac apps.
Learning to develop apps doesn't have to be hard -- even though the language, Objective-C, is new to most, there's lots of documentation accessible, whether it be from Apple's website, books, courses, or online tutorials. Even if you're currently employed, it's a great skill to have in your back pocket.