The present era is all about advancements and innovation. Therefore, mobile app development has become an essential part of almost every sector, especially businesses. Companies and enterprises are leveraged due to mobile apps, which works wonders when it comes to revenues. Saying that, with swift and continuous growth in the enterprise domain, mobile app development is being focused on every sector, whether that’s education, fitness, game, health, eatery, fashion, and the list goes on. To that end, the number of app downloads has been amazingly increased since the last decade and is expanding at a fast pace currently.
The two most important platforms that always initiate the debate on the hot topic between iPhone app developers and clients are Android and iOS. However, iOS has been leveraging the highest market share in European countries like the United States, America, the United Kingdom and some more.
The iOS 14.4 operating system version had a share of 75.06% amongst all mobile Apple devices worldwide, with the iOS 14.2 version occupied 3.37 % from 2018 to 2021. Saying that the development of iOS apps would be the smart choice one can make. Moreover, this article will discuss simple iPhone app development steps and how to deploy them in the App store. Let’s dive into depth right away.
1. Initiate with an Innovative App Idea
You must be influenced by an iOS app that works exceptionally well, and now you think you can build your business one as well? Yes, you are absolutely right! You can make one for yourself too. So now, as you already have a unique idea for you, it’s essential to do your research and thorough analysis of trends. It helps you identify what kind of app would work wonders for you? by what percentage can you get the leverage in revenue?
Be clear with your app idea that would help you stand out and at the top.
2. Requirement Analysis
Be clear with what you have envisioned about your product-select captivating themes and colors to incorporate during the development of iOS apps. Then, build a prototype of your app idea. Understand the potential issues and problems, identify essential functionality requirements, identify the target audience, research resources and time, and other vital requirements. It would help you in communication with your iOS app development company.
3. You need a Mac
iOS app development requires a Mac computer that runs the latest Xcode. Xcode is used to write iOS apps code. It is Apple’s IDE (Integrated Development Requirement) for both Mac and iOS apps. Xcode comprises iOS SDK, tools, compilers, and frameworks required to design, code, build and identify bugs in the development of iOS apps. Keep this note in mind that Xcode runs on Mac OS X, and currently, at Xcode 6.1.1, both Xcode and Android Studio are free. Xcode requires an explicit build stage.
4. Use iOS SDK
The iOS software development kit (SDK) offered by Apple allows the development of iOS apps on Apple’s iOS and iPadOS operating systems. In addition, this kit includes a set of accessories for developers. Cocoa Touch frameworks are among the essentials of iOS SDK, including FoundationKit, MapKit, GameKit, UIKit, and PushKit.
The SDK frameworks permit you to operate the iPhone camera, add voice interaction using SiriKit, examine music with MusicKit, and even allow you to add iMessage Business Chat to your application. In addition, iOS 11 enable you to easily develop iOS AI-based simple iPhone app with Core ML and add Augmented Reality (AR) effects and experiences with ARKit.
5. Programming Language – Swift VS Objective-C
When you want a fast development of iOS apps with secure and reliable code, Swift is the best language to select. This language is used for app development for iOS, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV and get used by 5.9% of developers globally. Swift is designed to work wonderfully with SDK frameworks like Cocoa Touch and Cocoa. This language merges the languages like JS and Python and offers a clear, concise, understandable, and easily maintainable syntax.
On the other hand, Objective-C is also reliable, which is also popular amongst iOS developers. This language offers different features and easy usage of private APIs. Object-C is also compatible with C and C++. Therefore, the code of both languages runs effortlessly. This language is stable to build iOS apps and has numerous well-documented third-party frameworks. So yes, the debate on which language to choose for iOS development is pretty much healthy till you select one for the development of iOS apps.
6. Craft out appealing and simple UI/UX
Time to give a final structure and exquisite appearance to what you have been working on. Please choose the color theme wisely, as color draws an impact on the human mind. It is recommended to use Tint colors for UI as these colors reflect a soothing impression on users.
You can also adopt a light and dark color scheme that gives an appealing look to your app. Moreover, it would be feasible to use iOS custom typography as Apple has designed these typefaces with adaptability and scalability. Keep in mind the norms of iOS gestures too. It is recommended to use standard iOS gestures for tap, replay, drag, flick, swipe, pinch, double-tap, rotate, and other human interaction gestures.
7. Run a QA Test Process
Ensure that the app you are about to launch is error-free and will perform smoothly in the user’s hand. To do so, test your app to identify bugs, errors, and potential issues to validate the functionality and performance of iOS apps across different devices on distinct iOS versions. The primary goal of testing the product is to prevent maximum bugs and issues during development. Therefore, it is advised to run a QA testing process in multiple stages whenever you build a new app to eliminate the intense problems and app failure when you are supposed to launch. You can carry out testing this way:
1. Use an Xcode IDE built-in simulator.
2. Test iOS apps on real iPhones and iPads.
The testing ensures that you deliver a robust and performant digital product with a fantastic iOS user experience. So, prevent yourself from getting to know that your iOS app is not working as expected.
It’s time to market. Saying that you will need to pass some essential steps. Create an iOS distribution certificate and distribution provisioning profile, for which you can use Xcode. Xcode creates and manages certificates, signs identities, and handles device registration. Then, create a simple iPhone app store connect the record to upload your app using Xcode. Next, you need to Configure your app’s metadata and submit your app to the app store. Wait for your app for 24 hours that the app store takes for app approval.
So, Congratulations! (in advance) if you’re now on the App Store. You can view downloads, sales, ratings, and reviews directly in the Apple App Store. I wish you the best of luck. Enjoy great revenues.
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Author’s Bio – Ghulam Mohi Uddin Content Producer for the software development company. He develops and implements content strategies for Cubix, along with aligning business goals with content marketing activities. He actively contributes articles related to digital and content marketing.