Apple Professional Development: How to create your own app

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Our iOS-oriented software development company was founded in 2009, since then, we have been offering customers first-class applications for Apple-based gadgets. We've collected a team of experienced app developers and professional iOS designers. We offer a full range of services related to the development of iOS applications, and we can provide expert advice on all aspects of Apple's software development. Let us share our experience and provide you our support on professional iOS development.

The number of Apple devices sold exceeds $ 1 billion and it keeps the name of the best-selling brand. Interest in the iPhone, iPad and iPod has led to increased interest in Apple's professional development services. The iOS App Store has more than 2 million types of applications that are downloaded more than 100 billion times, which is essential to market growing as fast as possible. The idea of ​​creating your own mobile application is tempting because iOS programms can not only cover the global business and give employees enterprise power, but can also be an additional source of revenue-generation:

  • Paid installation
  • Perform advanced access to paid content and resources
  • Integrate in-app ads

When it comes to Apple apps

Your vision is the first step in the application development project, whether it's a program for an iOS-based device or another operating system (such as Android or Windows). If you are not a programmer and do not know how to write your own code, this project will require to invest a lot of money for your company. That is why you should consider and analyze the idea of ​​the project to make sure that this investment will be rewarded. Specialized companies targeted at the software development can often help customers verify the idea.

The idea should include at least:

Market research

Look at the dynamics of the mobile industry and distinguish the latest trends and trends in mobile app development. Make sure that the idea of ​​the program is unique and in demand, which will make it easier for users to prefer your product to other applications on the market.

Competitor analysis

Competitive landscape surveys can help determine the most appropriate strategy. Look at the top players you're interested in in the applications category, learn from your competitors' mistakes, and use your experience to succeed.

Target audience determination

Understand the needs of users. Adhere to the user-centric approach, let people interested in your offer, to provide them with what they need. For example, you may find an app similar to yours and collect the user’s feedback in the Apple Store. In these comments, you'll find lots of useful data on the lack of existing applications and cover these shortcomings in the program.

Specification formalization

What kind of app do you want to develop? Determine if it belongs to social networks, finance, entertainment, navigation or any other category and determine your feature set. It is best in the mind to get a clear idea, began to explore. First, this method can better control costs and time. Second, if you access a professional software coder, this will help you determine development costs.

If you approach to a professional development company like ours, you will get the whole research and development set - from the initial business analysis, review of your current market situation and to the expert advice on the future development of the project concept. And after the negotiation with your team we’ll create the software and will support it to the launch in the Apple app store.

What tools do mature coders use?

Creating professional applications means developing a native mobile app for a particular operating system. Apple provides enough SDK (software development kit) and a powerful IDE (integrated development environment) to create the native user experience and benefit from the functionality of all iOS devices. In 2014, Apple even launched its own programming language to simplify the development process. To use all the tools efficiently and launch the software in the Apple Store, you need to be a member of the Apple Developer Program.

Apple Developer Program

The Apple Developer Program allows professional programmers to deploy advanced functionality, access a large amount of beta testing tools, and distribute and download the latest version of the beta operating system on the App Store. If you want to be a profi developer, members will spend $ 99 a year as an independent programmer and $ 299 a year as a member of Apple's Developer Business Plan. Without this membership, you will not be able to reach billions of customers around the world. Apple Certified Developers can provide an attractive user experience that allows users to integrate features such as Apple Pay, iCloud, Siri, and many other native features. In addition, program members can use the TestFlight Tester to attract up to 2,000 testers before they are released and get the perfect feedback from the product enhancement program before public viewers see it.

Xcode

Xcode is an Apple IDE that provides a set of software development tools to create software for Apple products (including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and TV). The integrated development environment is a program that allows developers to build software solutions based on source code editors, automating some of the build processes and other tools for the debugger. In the case of Xcode, the IDE also includes Interface Builder, which allows developers to create an app interface through a graphical user interface without a write code. The latest version of Xcode significantly speeds up new editor extensions and run-time issues, remembering hidden errors and debugging with static code. If you are a professional developer, you can not create native iOS software without an IDE.

Apple’s APIs

The API is a program interface that provides a set of protocols, routines, and other tools that help developers create software. The API does not only specify the interaction between the software components, but also the programming of GUI (graphical user interface) components. The API also allows professional development companies to integrate third-party software using existing features. In other words, the API provides building blocks that professional developers put together to create an app. For example, you can use the Google Maps API to integrate Google Maps functionality into a software product. In the API reference, you can find complete information on the frameworks available to create iOS and OS X. The six departments mentioned include: app frameworks, graphics and games, app, media and Web services, tools and systems development.

Programming languages

Initially, to write applications for iOS platform developers, Objective-C should be the only language developed for iOS software. When you handle OS X and iOS, it is still considered the primary language because it provides dynamic runtime and object-oriented functionality. But in 2014, Apple released its own programming language - Swift. The purpose of this release is to simplify the process of writing the code so that it feels natural. Swift is a combination of modern features and security programming modes supported by the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch structures. The latest updates make system APIs more consistent, incl. Grand Central Dispatch and Core Graphics.

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Learn how to write iOS applications

As a beginner, start learning the code using Swift, which uses lots of simple, clear words like "add" and "delete". Swift is also easy to use because it will immediately show the results of the coding process and you will type it on the left and you will get the results on the right. Its simplicity and functionality make the entry code perfect. Apple even created a special educational tool for the iPad to help the team first understand programming code. Learn more about Swift Playground and other learning opportunities on Apple's official website.

Should I use the DIY platform to create iOS applications?

The DIY or hands-on platform allows ordinary users to create cross-platform mobile applications within 20 minutes without any coding skills. Compared to the cost of professional development companies, the cost of this development is ridiculous. This offer seems very attractive. But let's face reality:

  • The set of features is very limited;
  • The custom level is low, providing the design of the model;
  • Performance is questionable.

Even some professional developer platforms to create software also face the incompatibility of the operating system leading to performance problems. DIY application builders will not pay much attention to performance quality and will ultimately provide applications that are not even applicable to certain devices.

Talk to professional developers

Our company offers professional Apple development services to ensure high quality results. If you have an idea of an iOS app, approach to us and we will help you achieve success at every stage of the software development lifecycle and overcome all development challenges. If you do not have the time to learn the code and want to create a perfect native iOS app, please contact us today.