Apple Professional Development: What should you know to build your own iOS app

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Our software development company was founded in 2010, and since that time we have been providing our customers with the first-class applications for Apple device. We have collected professional iOS app developers and designers in our team who share their expert opinion with each other achieving incredible results. As far as we offer full-range of services related to iOS applications development we can provide expert consulting on all aspects of Apple professional development. Let us share our experience and give you expert advice on professional iOS development.
The number of sold Apple devices is over half of a billion as it preserves the name of the top-selling brand. Such interest in iPhones, iPads, and iPods causes the rise of the interest in Apple professional development services for businesses. With more than 2 million of apps available in the Apple App Store which cumulatively were downloaded over 100 billion times it is essential to get to the market as soon as possible. The idea of creating your own mobile application is tempting as iOS applications can not only promote the business worldwide and empower the staff of the company but can become an additional source of income generating revenue by:
  • Charging users for the downloading the app,
  • Implementation of a paid content and features for the premium access,
  • Integrating in-app advertising.
  • Where to start with app development for Apple devices?

  • Market research

  • Competitors analysis

  • Target audience identification

  • Specification list

Where to start with app development for Apple devices?

The idea verification is the initial step in the app development project whether you build the program for Apple devices or those which run any other operating system such as Android or Windows. If you are not a programmer and do not know how to code by yourself, this project will be an intense investment for your company. That is why the app idea should be considered and analyzed very carefully to ensure that this investment will pay off. Professional companies that specialize in software development usually help their customers to validate the app ideas. But those who want to do it themselves should know that the idea verification should include at least:

Market research

Have a look at the market dynamics of the mobile app industry and distinguish recent tendencies and trends in mobile app development. Make sure that the program idea has something unique, something that will make users prefer your application to the others in the market.

Competitors analysis

Competitive landscape investigation can help to determine the most suitable strategy. Have a look at the key players in the app category you are interested in. Learn from the competitors’ mistakes and use their experience to succeed.

Target audience identification

Find out the user's needs. Keep to the user-centered approach and make people got interested in your offer by providing them what they need. For instance, you can find applications in the Apple App Store which will resemble yours and read users reviews. Among these reviews, you will find a lot of useful data on what existing apps lack and cover these weaknesses in your program.

Specification list

What type of application would you like to develop? Determine whether it is going to belong to a social networking, finance, entertainment, navigation or any other category and identify its features set. It is better to start the development with a clear idea in the mind then to grope the way. First of all, such approach provides better control over the expenses and timelines. Secondly, it will help to determine the development cost if you approach the professional software developers.
If you apply to a professional development company, like ours, you won’t need to do it by yourself as we have the whole business analysts who will report you in details on the current market situation and provide expert suggestions on the project idea.

What tools use professional developers?

Professional app creation implies the development of native mobile apps for the particular operating system. Apple provides sufficient SDK (software development kit) and powerful IDE (integrated development environment) to build native user experience and benefit from all the Apple devices capabilities. In 2014 Apple Inc. even released their own programming language to simplify the development process. To use all the tools efficiently and launch the app in the Apple App Store you will need to become a member of the Apple Developer Program.

Apple Developer Program

The Apple Developer Program lets programmers implement advanced app capabilities, access extensive beta testing tools, distribute in the App Store and download the latest beta OS releases. If you want to become a professional developer, the membership will cost you 99 USD per year as an independent developer and 299 USD per year as a member of the Apple Developer Enterprise Program. Without this membership, you won’t be able to reach billions of customers around the world. The certificated Apple developers deliver engaging user experience letting users integrate such functionality as Apple Pay, iCloud, Siri and many other native features. Furthermore, members of this program can attract up to 2.000s tester with TestFlight Testing before the launch and get feedback on the product honing the program to the perfection before the mass audience sees it.
  • Xcode

  • Programming languages

  • Apple’s APIs

Xcode

Xcode is an Apple IDE with a suite of software development tools for creating software for Apple products including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and TV. An integrated development environment is a program that lets developers build software solutions with the help of source code editor, additional tools that automate some building processes and debugger. In the case of Xcode, IDE also contains the Interface Builder which lets developers create app interface by means of graphical user interface and without writing code. The latest version of Xcode was significantly accelerated with new editor extensions and runtime issues which alert about hidden bugs and let debug them in a static code. Whether you are a professional developer or not, you can’t build a native iOS software without this IDE.

Programming languages

Initially, to write applications for iOS platform developer should have known Objective-C as the only programming language for iOS software development. It is still considered to be the primary language when you deal with OS X and iOS as it provides a dynamic runtime and object-oriented capabilities. But in 2014, Apple released their own programming language called Swift. The purpose of this release was to simplify a code writing process making it feel natural. Swift is a combination of modern features and safe programming patterns backed by Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks. The latest updates made it even more harmonized with system APIs such as Grand Central Dispatch and Core Graphics.

Apple’s APIs

APIs are application program interfaces which present a set of protocols, routines, and other tools that help developers build software solutions. APIs not only specify the interaction between software components but also used for programming GUI (graphical user interface) components. APIs also allow developers to integrate third-party software using existing functionality. In other words, APIs provide building blocks, and professional developers put them together creating an application. For example, you can use Google Maps API to integrate Google Maps functionality in the software product. In the Apple’s API References you can find full information about frameworks available for building iOS and OS X. There are mentioned six sectors which include: App frameworks, Graphics and Games, App Services, Media and Web, Developer Tools, and System.

How to learn to code iOS apps

As a beginner, start to learn to code with an Apple’s Swift which uses lots of simple and clear words such as “add” and “remove.” Swift is also easy to use because it immediately displays the results of the coding process, you type on the left and get the results on the right. Its simplicity and capabilities make it the perfect getting-started code. Apple even created a special educational tool for iPads to help first-time coders to get acquainted with their programming code. Learn more about Swift Playground and other learning opportunities on the official Apple site.
  • Udemy training programs

  • RyPress Tutorials

Udemy training programs

Udemy is a web learning site which provides over 42000 courses on the most different topics including Swift and Objective-C programming. Here you can find a well-rated course that promise to convert every beginner to a paid professional and master the latest updates of Swift programming language, as well as a course that will help you to learn both Swift and Objective-C programming. Visit the website, read courses descriptions and select the one that is the most suitable for you to begin.

RyPress Tutorials

Another good source to learn about Objective-C basics is to check out Ryan Hodson independent publishing platform. Ry’s Objective Tutorial covers basics of C and introduces beginners to the iOS frameworks, Xcode IDE and the language itself from functions and classes to protocols, blocks, and memory management. Even if you decide to use only Swift, this course will be useful for the beginner who wants to become a professional one day. Read more about learning to code iOS applications in this article.

Should I use DIY platforms to build iOS app?

DIY or do-it-yourself platforms offer common users to create cross-platform mobile applications in 20 minutes and without any coding skills. The cost of such development is ridiculous, comparing to the cost of a professional development company. Such offer seems to be tempting. But lets face reality:
  • The features set is extremely limited;
  • The customization level is low, providing template designs;
  • The performance is questionable. Even professional developer building software for several platforms faces problems caused by operating systems incompatibility which leads to bugs in performance. DIY app builders do not pay as much attention to the quality of the performance and, in the end, deliver an application that doesn’t even work on some devices.

Talk to Professional Developers

Our company offers expert development services ensuring the high-quality result. If you approach us with the iOS app idea, we will help to bring it to real life embracing all the stages of software development life cycle and taking worries of all the development challenges. If you don’t have time to learn to code and want to build a native app for Apple’s devices, get in touch with us and tell about your project.