Documentary Kickstarter wants to tell story of the app revolution

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Whether you believe Apple’s claim that it “invented” apps or not, there’s no doubt that the concept of downloadable mobile apps have had an enormous impact on our lives since the App Store first opened its digital doors back in 2008.

Now a new documentary Kickstarter project aims to tell that story, with the aid of the developers who helped the revolution to take place. Called App: The Human Story, the documentary has currently raised $37,769 of its stated $100,000 goal, with 28 days still to go.

Given that project creators Jake Schumacher and Jedidiah Hurt proclaim to both be Apple users, the doc looks to be very iOS-centric, although it would make sense that the rise of Android will also be part of the story.

A trailer for the project (which will be completed in December 2015) can be viewed below:

Given the relative success of Indie Game: The Movie — a documentary which used a similar format to tell the story of mobile game’s current golden age — this is likely to find an audience out there.

If you’re interested in pledging money, or just finding out a bit more, check out the Kickstarter link at the bottom of the page.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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