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Effective Guidelines For iOS App Development Process

With the smartphones taking over the traditional mobile phones used as a mode of communication, technology has taken amazing strides. The rise of the internet and the popularity of mobile websites and apps have taken the popularity of mobiles through a giant leap. Everyone, from kids to adults, is busy exploring the apps either for entertainment or for making life easier. Thus, the app development industry is booming, and you need to stay updated with the guidelines for effective app development. Android and iPhone app development are the major ones stealing the show, and the process of app development for both is different. The acceptance of apps by Google’s Play Store is easier as compared to the acceptance of apps by Apple’s App Store. So, when developing an app for iOS platform, you need to be apt with the guidelines for the effective development of these apps. Here are a few effective guidelines that are used by iPhone app developers in India.

1: Sketch out and plan an innovative and fresh idea

As for any other app, for an iOS app also, you need to find ideas and plan the look and function of your app to make it successful. For this, you need to research the market for apps similar to yours and check out if you can fulfil the technical requirements, market, and monetize your app. If this is done right, your app can stand out and merge as a unique one to engage maximum users. You can add all features and attractions that are lacking in other similar apps.

2: Be thorough with Apple’s App Store guidelines

You have to design the app and promote it on App Store for best results, i.e., to gain maximum downloads and star reviews. The Apple’s app store guidelines equip you with all the design, safety, business, and legal formalities related basic information associated with app development and submission. Being clear on these from the beginning of the process allows you to work in the right direction for acceptance of your app by the app store in the first instance, without wasting much time on the modifications to be done to make it acceptable. With the team following Apple’s app programming guide, you can focus on factors such as the architecture of the app, performance tips, life cycle of the app, and power consumption by the app, and this way your process of creating a flawless iOS app is almost half done.

3: Focus highly on the design

For Apple design has always been a priority for its products and this has set up expectation standards for the users. To format the iOS app and make it touch control optimised and readable, a useful ‘Do’s and Don’ts tips page has been provided by Apple. An intuitive UI and an engaging UX can make your visual design appealing to users. Screen features such as graphics, icons, and animations, need to be worked upon for generating design prototypes.

4: Plan the software architecture

The core principle of iOS app development breaks the model view controller (MVC) paradigm into three components, i.e., data, software, and user interfaces. While deciding on the design of the app, the developers need to work simultaneously on the front-end and back-end development in collaboration, before the development process. This ensures the stability and scalability of the software for the application.

5: Develop the front-end and the back-end

A coordinated effort is needed for building the front-end and the back-end of the app. While coding forms the basis of development of the front-end to create different design elements for the app, the server part forms the back-end that focuses on how the app works.

While front-end development for the app will include caching and synchronizing the database, developing mock-ups and wireframes, UI design and development, testing, and deployment, back-end development for the app will include the back-end structure setting, user account authentication and management, server-side function maintenance, user experience customization, using social networking sites with third-party data integration, and push notification services.

The front-end should work smoothly with all orientations, be it landscape, portrait or both. The screens of the app should be in sync to deliver a smooth experience to the user. At the back-end, the developer needs to work on different states of the app such as in active mode, in the background, or in sleep mode. There is also need to optimize the app for better performance and using minimal

6: Test and publish/ submit the app to the App Store

You need to check and ensure that the app is bug-free and optimized for delivering fast performance using low device memory to avoid rejection. For the app to pass Apple’s review guidelines, test the app thoroughly once it is completed and make sure that it follows all the guidelines stated by the store. The testing usually involves preparation of the test case, identification and modification of the automated script, device testing, security and compliance testing, usability testing, performance testing, and manual and automated testing. After this, you need to submit the app to the app store by creating an app Id (Identifier) and an iOS provisioning profile for distribution. After you configure your target’s build settings in Xcode, create an App Store listing and release build by filling in the version information. Submit the version for review and release the app.

7: Promote and market the app

Promotion is necessary to catch the attention of the users. Use the right keywords to make your app visible to the users. With the upgradation of the iOS App Store, you can promote your apps using the fresh interface and tools. In-app purchases, stories, categories, stories, and collections – all data can be searched easily using the improved search for marketing and promotion activities.

8: Maintain the app with regular updates

Once published, the app needs to maintain regular updates and ensure that it supports all the latest iOS updates and developments.

Though it is a long journey from the first step of coming up with a unique idea to its completion, planning every step increases your chance of success!

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