The iPhone App Development Process
Developing iPhone apps? Here’s a quick article that summarizes the whole iPhone app development process.
- Ideation and research
A good iPhone app developer understands the power of ideation and research.
- The app’s core message or the selling point should be clearly communicated to the user.
- No confusion regarding the purpose of your app should stay in your head.
- Know your budget. How much can you spend on the app?
- Do a good deal of research about your target audience and competitors.
- Find out what features and functionalities do users want, need, and love.
Prototyping comes second, where you make wireframes of the app’s pages and features. iPhone app programmers usually make wireframes that utilize the format of an iPhone screen.
Native iPhone app development is what you want to do. So make sure the iPhone essence is reflected in your app by creating suitable wireframes.
- UI Design
UI design is the most important stage. The user interface is what will greet the users. If the design is no appealing, the app won’t be successful – no matter how functional it is.
A great app always needs great design. You might want to explore the option of hiring a UI or UX designer for your iPhone app development.
Thanks to the high demand for iPhone development, there are plenty of designers you’ll find for pretty affordable rates.
Even if you’re designing yourself, give the design part proper space. Learn, experiment, and improve. Again, the design is even more important than function. If your design is appealing, it’s going to be talked about and downloaded much more.
Current design trends in iPhone app development are flat design and material design. But whatever design style or language you opt for – make sure you follow the Human Interface Guidelines set up by Apple. It’s really important for your design, so don’t ditch on reading that.
The development is basically the programming part. You set up push notifications, input-output streams, feedback mechanisms, data caching features, etc.
You just have to code over the wireframes you’ve created. Although there’s a high possibility of the “found errors - debug - re-test - more errors” cycle – if you’re an experienced programmer you’ll get over these hurdles.
Development can be time-consuming, and that’s the reason many budding developers leverage DIY tools to build their apps (read Xcode). Although that’s good for beginners, it’s not recommended if you can rather code the app yourself.
You can also hire a developer.
Testing is what makes your app perfect and ready for mass usage. App testing means finding glitches and runtime problems. You test your app on multiple devices – different iPhones with different specifications and other Apple devices if applicable.
Testing shall not be taken lightly. It can be used to remove many problems your users might have faced and complained about in the future. A long and proper testing session means smooth sailing ahead for your app.
- Deployment, marketing, maintenance
Once your app is built and tested – you deploy your app.
More steps follow after submission to the App Store. Marketing and promotion are necessary for your app to be widely used. Maintenance is the continuous battle you’ll fight for your app.
Providing support, getting feedback, and bundling new features and bug fixes as updates is the final step you’ll be taking. Updates mean your app lives on and is perfected over time.
Written by Jessica Scott, a reputed iPhone and mobile game and application developer in a reputed web and application development company. She preaches against using tools that make huge promises. Instead, she believes, coding is better. She has a long portfolio in developing for Androids, iPhones, BlackBerries, and Windows platforms. Jessica's work often gets featured and showcased in the technical circles. She is trusted by big-time developers to outsource their work to. To know more about her work, visit: