Tackling the iPhone App Development Maze
It is no mean feat to survive the app frenzy and make business. With thousands of apps churned out every other day, one...
Tackling the iPhone App Development Maze
It is no mean feat to survive the app frenzy and make business. With thousands of apps churned out every other day, one does require to be exceptionally innovative and creative. With such high numbers, mobile app development indeed is a lucrative business yet it is also easy to get carried away. Here, we share a check list of best approaches towards a successful iPhone app development.
Never underestimate any requirement. It may seem simple on the surface yet may get challenging. Get strategic and plan every phase thoroughly, especially, be prepared for unforeseen obstacles.
Keep the timelines realistic giving enough buffers for each phase. Make sure you provide enough time to plan, develop, test and market your app. Also, remember any app submission will take upto two weeks to be approved by the Apple app store, plan accordingly.
Document the requirements
A document is a guide. Create a requirements document that outlines the app’s requirements in its entirety. This will serve as a master reference throughout. Any app development should have a Product Requirements Document stating the business case and high-level requirements. A developer will depend on the functional specification document specifying every detail of the app and its wireframes. This cuts out a lot of confusion and lends a great deal of clarity.
Define the app
Define the app clearly. Gather, sort and finalize all the functional requirements, features and the necessary contents even before resuming with the development lending a definition to the entire project.
Involve the users in the planning phase
Involve the users (your target audience) in the planning phase. Run the app idea to a set of users. This will help gauge your app, study the acceptance levels, rectify errors, and modify/change app design even in the start rather than having to wait until the end with abated breath. Make it a regular practice to involve the user.
Develop relevant contents
Creating necessary contents while building the architecture will prove to be of immense help to the developer. It is much simpler, easier and faster to develop and design an app with the actual content in place. Also, it is quite difficult to get back to every phase and add contents; hence having the contents in place saves from unwanted distraction and chaos.
User Experience is paramount; make it clutter free
Such is the criticality of the UI that Apple has an exclusive set of instructions in its Human Interface Guidelines document. Start investing right from the App Icon to covering every inch of your app. Meat out exceptional graphical designs that are most appropriate to the purpose and those that clearly enhance the app experience.
It is the user experience that cuts above the rest in making a successful iPhone app. Have a rough draft drawn in the conception stages and improve further as the app grows. It is not just a rough draft, it is the foundation based on which the app evolves.
Opt for browser-based apps
Creating a browser-based app is relatively easier and does not require a pro that understands the C programming concepts. Objective C is the native language for developing iPhone applications and a simple HTML and Java script is adequate. The advantages of a browser-based applications are that, they are easy to design, distribute and accessible from multiple devices. The user experience is the foremost benefit as browser based apps load faster. Additionally, they can be updated and modified to entertain additional features.
Objective C is powerful
If you are building an app that aims to exploit the feature rich iPhone, then Objective C is the answer. If your app requires GPS, camera and requires to make use of the local storage and others to its fullest potential, Objective C is best.
Cut the complexity
If Objective C seems complex, then opt for PhoneGap or the Rhomobile as they allow developing in HTML and Java script (also for native apps).
Test, Test, Test
The testing phase doesn’t require any endorsement. This is where an app is put to an acid test. Don’t miss out testing any functionality and anticipate every possible condition. This phase defines the quality of the entire process. More important is to define the user and test cases. The app has to overcome all these effortlessly while also generating relevant error messages. The testing phase can take the same duration as the development phase.
You can’t rest on submitting your app. Test your apps again and again as any update should go through the Apple approval process all over again.