Appwhirl and Appvoyage--a pair of new companies launching here at the DemoSpring conference, are trying to make the process of creating an iPhone app and submitting it to the App Store take less than five minutes and something that requires no programming prowess whatsoever. In fact, building them takes place right in your Web browser.
Are these apps capable of building mind-blowing games, or complex business apps? No. For both companies, the expectation seems to be that most people who would use these products are just trying to put together a piecework app with news feeds from their business, or other company resource pages.
Both companies' apps work with a system of modules. For instance, you can add a specific Twitter feed, or an RSS feed with just a few clicks. These then show up as feed items within the app's main menu. Both also let the app maker see a live preview of what the app will look like with an embedded iPhone simulator.
For more on this story, read The rise of iPhone app making for dummies on CNET News.