When you combine the world's most popular mobile and tablet computing devices with an advertising model that Steve Jobs himself was said to have called "revolutionary", you might expect overnight success.

But that hasn't exactly been the case for Apple and its iAd offering. Although it is far from a failure, it hasn't exactly upended the mobile advertising space -- yet at least.

Why? Critics might point the finger at Apple and Steve Jobs, who were so involved in the development of the early iAds themselves that some brands and agencies were reportedly unable to move forward with their own concepts.

But if the release of the iAd Producer this week is any indication, Apple might be easing up just a little on whatever micromanagement it engaged in early on. The iAd Producer is a Mac application that "makes it easy for you to create high-impact, motion-rich ads." Sporting an interface similar to iPhoto, iAd Producer gives users tools to visually create their ads, producing the HTML, CSS and JavaScript needed behind the scenes.

The iAd Producer contains a number of pre-built interface components, such as buttons and sliders, as well as animations and effects. There are also tools for validating and editing the code produced and simulating how the iAd will look on an iPhone or iPad.

Although the adss created with iAd Producer are useless without participation in the network, which isn't currently self-serve, it seems logical that it reflects Apple's understanding that to scale the iAd Network, it can't be involved in the creative process for every single iAd.

By creating a point-and-click software application that provides a number of pre-built components and effects, however, it can still exercise some influence over how iAds look and function.

While the release of the iAd Producer may not mean that the iAd Network is going to open up more broadly to all comers anytime soon, it probably does represent an important next step in how Apple's mobile advertising network will function going forward.

Photo credit: yto via Flickr.

Patricio Robles

Published 22 December, 2010 by Patricio Robles

Patricio Robles is a tech reporter at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter.

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Comments (4)



Thanks for such helpful information about iad. Every time like to read you.

over 7 years ago


Replica Cartier

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over 7 years ago


Brett Relander

Interesting concept. Empowering users to create their own ads, etc is certainly the future and what we focus much of our development projects on. As long as it's easy to use, simple to implement, and cost effective it will be very popular.

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