Following is an article about some very basic elements people must take care of while developing an iPhone application. It is meant for both business owners and developers. It talks about the three most important aspects of developing an iPhone application and the position of Apple store in the market.
The iOS 4.3.x home screen, as shown on an iPhone 3GS.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The market is abuzz with the new iPhone and all that it can offer. But like a person is known by the company he keeps, similarly, a Smartphone is known by the apps in it. Smartphones have gained immense popularity in the recent past; therefore, to keep with the demand, more and more number of iPhone apps is being developed.
But, having said that, if too many apps are invading the market, how can you make your app special and unique, such that people download yours instead of your competitor? Here are a few basic things you should take note of, if you want to make your iPhone application a success.
Research and Brain Storming
Like I mentioned earlier, there are thousands of applications in the Apple store. Chances are that out of these thousands there are probably handfuls that belong to your sector or industry. Now since there is a lot of pressure on the developers to make the best possible application in as minimal time as possible. Therefore, they make good, but repetitive apps.
Your key to success is originality. Try to be as original as possible. Ensure that you spend an adequate amount of time in researching the kind of application you want to make and all the apps that your competitors have come up with. Be realistic about the time that iPhone application development could take and try not to pressurize your developer.
I personally like to study a few apps developed by my client’s competitors and download and use them. When I use these applications as a third person I understand what a user would want. This gives me a chance to improve upon those areas and ultimately develop an app that exceeds their expectations.
Conduct regular brainstorming sessions with your developers and participate in them because that will help your developers understand your requirements better.
Use the Users
There is a huge community of users of iPhone applications. These online communities offer support and feedback on various topics. You can also read other threads about similar topics. If stuck, you can always take suggestions from this user community.
The very fact they are users who have voluntarily declared to provide support and feedback guarantees that they will not mislead you about anything. Their reviews would be honest and it will help you enhance your ultimate product.
Ask the community to refer apps of the same segment, share their problems regarding the app, their suggestions about it and ways to incorporate these suggestions. Now, whether or not you want to implement their recommendation solely depends upon you and your customer, but what’s the harm in getting to know their perspective.
It’s like taking a second opinion when you visit doctors, because you never know what one may be missing out upon. I do this all the time and my clients love the suggestions that pour in. What’s more he gets massively encouraged to see how large the community is and how many users are actually using so many apps. This will also sort your product before it hits the App store. So, there we have, one stone, three birds.
Test Test Test
Always remember, you have never tested the product enough number of times. Testing is so important that sometimes it even takes more time, energy and manpower than developing the app itself. However, if you skip this step, be prepared to see your app sink to the bottom.
You’ve really worked hard on the app, and it is unfair to let it slip by from being successful just because at the end of the whole rigmarole, you couldn’t spend any time in testing it. Don’t do that. Although there are simulators available for testing, I would suggest you buy an iPhone or iPad for testing your iOS apps. They are much more effective and give a realistic picture of the functionality of the app.
These are a few very basic things that you must keep in mind. Although they seem as the most obvious things, many people tend to ignore it. iPhone Application development is a fun process. I love doing it and I am sure you will too. If you are a developer, you know what I am talking about, and if you are a business owner developing an app for your business, you’ve taken the right decision by entering the App store. Happy app-ing!
About the Author: Samuel is lead developer of iPhone applications working with VitebMobileApps - A Leading Mobile Apps Development Company. He has successfully developed many applications that have been added to the Apple store. VitebMobileApps is a company that creates iPhone Apps for industries in all the sectors. They have a long list of satisfied customers because of their seamless services and superior performance. They offer services worldwide and are reknowned for their after sale services and support.