iOS App Development
There are over one billion iPhones out there – all running on Apple’s own mobile ecosystem: iOS.
Developing your mobile app on iOS instead of its Android counterpart means you’ll have much less device fragmentation to plan for – no more developing and testing your mobile app across an endless list of devices, screen sizes and resolutions.
But just because there’s less device fragmentation on iOS, it doesn’t mean it’s the right mobile platform for your business. You should always ask the question ‘can the operating system and device do what I need it to?’
For example, if you need your app to connect to a specific bluetooth peripheral, and some Android devices won’t be able to connect to it, you may have to develop your app on iOS to facilitate this.
This is a perfect example of the importance of planning your app in advance to determine what you need it to do before you start developing it.
Regular iOS updates
Apple are very good at issuing regular updates to iOS versions.
This is usually done annually and announced at WWCD, with Software Developer Kits (SDKs) issued to developers almost immediately.
Any issues or bugs found in this beta version of iOS is then usually fixed within a couple of weeks, meaning iOS developers aren’t battling through a buggy operating system, resulting in errors and costly mistakes in your app that need fixing at additional cost at a later stage.
Apple also do not let users revert back to an older version of iOS after upgrading to the latest version. This makes it easy for you to keep your mobile app up-to-date and supported on the latest versions.
Choosing an iOS app developer
When developing an iOS app, it’s important to choose an experienced iPhone or iPad app developer that has strong technical ability and a proven track record.
You should always ask how your app developer will be creating your iOS app – natively or as a cross-platform/hybrid app using a tool like Xamarin? Natively-developed apps will always perform better than their cross-platform equivalents.
If you’re not sure on the difference between native and cross-platform apps, read our eBook to find out.
Who’s developing, and testing, your iOS app is equally important. Many development houses will manage your day-to-day communication from the UK, but then out-source the development and testing services outside of the UK.
There are exceptions to the rule, but often this will result in a reduced quality mobile app and hindrances to communication flow as your development team is often in a different time zone.
How your project is planned and managed is often as important as the development tools and skills your team use. No one wants to have to explain why their mobile app is delivered passed its deadline and over budget.
Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of Apple’s iOS platform announcements is also key to the long-term success of your mobile app.
Once new iOS functionality is announced, and then released, how proactive are your mobile team in suggesting new ways to utilise this functionality across your mobile app?
They should be keeping you up-to-date with new functionality and building the relevant tools into your long-term mobile roadmap to ensure you’re continually improving your app.
Just like your website, a mobile app is never “finished”.