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Study: Developers Cooling On iPad

If ever so slightly, developer enthusiasm over the iPad appears to be waning, according to two comparable studies conducted by Appcelerator, a maker of cross-platform development tools. In a survey of more than 1,000 developers conducted earlier this month, 80% of the respondents said that they are very interested in building an application for the Apple tablet in the next year.

In a similar study conducted two months ago, meanwhile, 90% of the respondents said they were very interested in building an iPad app. Appcelerator attributes the decline to a realization on the part of developers that the iPad lacks critical multitasking features, as well as a camera. Of the developers who were polled, 53% said they were "very interested" in the iPad as a development platform -- down from 58% in January.

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