Hot on the trail of Brian Eno's Bloom as the best ex-rocker app, Lou Reed has released Lou Zoom, a simple program that takes your contacts, slaps them into Helvetica Neue and magnifies them. It's nothing too complex or radical, but we have to give props to whatever insight fueled the development, even if it is just 'I'm old and can't see as well as I used to.' Also, the Jitterbug-ification of the iPhone is slightly ironic and amusing.
To underline that we don't just think app development is for dilettante rockers, check out Note Taker, from Dan Bricklin, the co-creator of VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet calculation program for a computer. As Bricklin says, "over the last couple of months I've been working on learning a different medium and a different business environment. In mid-September I purchased a shiny new 24" Apple iMac and an iPhone 3GS. I signed up for the Apple iPhone Developer Program. I bought some books and started doing the tutorials, step by step. I came up with the idea for an app I needed and built a prototype, then plunged in and started creating a full app that would be good for others, too."
Respect. The app's pretty cool, too.