If you are looking for an internal business solution, which will help you achieve your business goals, developing an app on iOS, for Apple’s iPhone and iPad is the way to go. Over the past couple of years, we have been witnessing drastic changes in the business landscape, especially when it comes to the mobile market. Nowadays, more and more IT departments start focusing on providing a great user experience to make sure that all employees feel appreciated and empowered, and are able to increase their productivity.

iOS is one of the best, if not the best platforms for business, which provides corporate users with many productivity features, vast integration capabilities, the latest distribution methods and an enhanced management toolkit. Using Apple iOS, you can integrate with the latest systems and services. It provides employees with everything they might need for work, from emails to corporate network access, and your IT team with all things necessary for their support. App distribution has also never been easier. The latest technologies applied in MDM (mobile device management) allow you to distribute apps across an in-house network, seamlessly installing the apps directly to devices, even if they are located in different countries.

Custom developed business apps can be made private, by restricting global access to the application in the App Store. With Apple Configurator 2 your admins can easily setup and deploy identically configured iOS devices. They will also be able to see, group and manage all devices from a single place allowing them to select and configure the same settings across multiple devices or providing help without having to run around the office to find each employee and device that needs to be updated.

Development for Apple TV

A platform for the new Apple TV, or tvOS, is a derivative of iOS. However, it does possess several unique features.

In particular, tvOS makes it possible to either use an existing iOS-application written in Objective-C / Swift (according to the recommendations for the implementation of the interface), or to create applications on the new technology stack - TVML and TVJS, connected by a framework TVMLKit.

Apple watch development

After the official release of the Apple watch, many people became puzzled with what it is and what to do with it. With the massive attention from mass media worldwide it was clear that it is a new shiny toy in the Apple family which will generate a ton of sales, but no one understood what was so special about it and how it was different from the smartwatches of their competitors. The Apple Watch is actually nothing more than an additional monitor to your iPhone, which adds-on to your main iOS app and in no way replaces it. The app itself contains the code and the watch contains the storyboard and resources.

There are currently two watch sizes available: 38x38mm or 42x42mm with 340x272px and 390x312px resolutions respectively and both work on the Watch OS. There are only three types of apps that can be developed for the Apple Watch:

  • Glances — to display the information on the screen (no elements that require actions from users).
  • Notifications – come in 2 forms: short and long. Short occupy one screen, long - require a scroll. They can include texts, images and buttons with text, pressing which opens an app on the iPhone.
  • WatchKit Apps – now that is a fully functional app, which should work without an iPhone, but currently this option is not available and no one knows when it will be released.

In short, development for the Apple watch doesn’t seem to be worthwhile at the moment, but it has some potential.

Mobile app development

Statistics shows that iPhones and iPads are still the most sought after and purchased Apple devices, so if you are still looking for a place to start, developing an app for either or both of these devices is the safest bet.

Developing a mobile app work can be broken down into 6 major steps:

  • Planning. We generate ideas and answers to establish business objectives and find out what our client needs and what their customers are looking for, such as: What problems will the future app solve? What functionality should be included? What do end users actually need? There are many more questions that should be answered at this stage, but once the business objectives are clear, we think of scenarios of how users will interact with the app, come up with architecture design and create flowcharts.
  • Design. Based on what our client is looking for, we either select an unusual design or the one, users are actually accustomed to, also known as "native" design. We focus on user experience, taking into consideration that each new iOS version has its own design requirements.
  • Development and testing. Having a ready design, prototype and technical task, we begin to develop applications. It is worth noting that Apple has its own guidelines when developing for iOS. When we develop functional applications, we take into consideration all the specifications of this platform. Particular emphasis is placed on testing the application and the correction of errors. For this, our company uses a number of different mobile devices. We make sure that only a top-quality app enters the market.
  • Deployment or App Store placement. Once the application has been tested, and is bug free and approved by our client, it will be placed in the AppStore.
  • Post-launch support. Based on your preferences, we can stay with you as long as you need our support. This can include app tech support, marketing activities, trainings and upgrades.
  • If you need a rush estimation of mobile application development cost - the price divergence can be from £30k to £1 million per project based on a lot of factors.
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