Today in Connected Consumer

Not surprisingly, Apple’s introduction of the iPad has led to a new surge in app development. In just 63 days since launch, the number of native iPad apps has already hit 10,000. It took five months to reach that milestone with iPhone apps, and it took the Android Marketplace 11 months. That torrid pace may not hold up much longer, however. New data caps introduced by AT&T are likely to force developers to rethink how their apps use system and network resources, which could slow development. Government scrutiny of Apple’s developer rules could also introduce a new layer of uncertainty to the process, leading developers to hold off on building new apps until they know what tools they can use.