Apps are becoming the dominant form of digital interaction. Both giant businesses and smaller ones use apps to target their potential customers. The customers, in turn, benefit greatly from these apps as they are always on the go. They use mobile phones, tablets or other smart mobile devices – they have all the information they need.
We have collated some of the things that you must consider and learn to get your own app running.
Getting into App Designing or Development: Things to Know
The app design and development market is fierce. The competition is fierce to build the next viral app. Organisations are hunting to invest in a promising app and become a part of the digital revolution. When thousands of apps are getting launched on Apple’s App Store on a daily basis and the urge to delve into your ingenious idea is stronger than ever, you must take a step back and consider the following things before you actually embark upon your own journey:
- In today’s digitally adept, fast paced world, make sure you ask the hard questions before potentially investing time and resources on creating the app. No matter how lucrative your ingenious idea sounds, you must consider everything before you dive into it.
- You must know your audience really well, that way you’ll be able to cater to their specific needs and be able to determine if you want to design your app for Android, Apple or both.
- Allocate enough time for design and testing. Everything takes longer than you can imagine, and therefore, once you finish designing the app, use enough time for testing and debugging the app.
- Make sure that you follow the proper protocols and get your app registered. Be aware that policies for registration change frequently and are much stricter at Apple and the slightest breach can have consequences.
- In a rush to get the app up and running, we often neglect its future. Conduct a thorough market research, strategize and plan out subsequent updates and content going forward. Make it a point to incorporate user feedback in future updates.
- It is known that Apple takes up 30% of sales revenue, so know what you’re getting into and whether that’s economically sustainable in the future. Market your app for maximum exposure.
- Lastly and most importantly, the timing. Study the needs of your target audience and release your app at their convince.
How to Develop your App on iOS Studio
Now that you’re absolutely certain that you want to launch your very own app, sail through the process by following the simple steps listed below:
- Apple provides tools and resources for creating iOS apps and accessories for an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch hardware. You can program in native languages such as Swift or Objective-C.
- Before anything else, you must understand the basic requirements for building iOS apps. As Apple prefers a closed ecosystem, so as an iOS developer, your basic set up must include a Mac for the development, debugging and testing of an iOS app.
- Next, explore the tools, technologies, capabilities, and languages included in the iOS SDK that make app development possible. Some iOS SDK essentials are the Cocoa Touch frameworks that include the UI-Kit, GameKit, PushKit, Foundation Kit, and MapKit.
- To start developing iOS apps, download XCode from the Apple App Store. Launch Xcode and create your project. Now click and launch Xcode. Choose create a new Xcode project option to make a new project. Then choose the Single View App option as a type of the project and click Next.
- In Xcode, you can navigate to a file or folder from the code editor’s left panel. The right panel of the code editor, called Utility Area, will help you dealing with views or any component in the storyboard.
- On the top toolbar, you can see the Run and Stop buttons. At the bottom of the code area, you can see the debug/console area with breakpoint and other runtime tools.
- Find and open Main.storyboard in the project directory by clicking on it. The storyboard is a file to design your view to show and layout all the components such as buttons, labels, lists, tab and navigation bars, and many more.
- From Xcode 10 or above, for objects like a label to add, click on View menu in menu bar>click Show Library and drag the label to focused view. Now double click on the label you have dropped on the view and change its text to the name you choose to use.
- Familiarise yourself with Xcode, build and run your app using the built-in iOS Simulator app that’s included in Xcode. The iOS Simulator is a great way to see what your app will look like and you can interact with it as if you were on a real device.
- Once done, test your app using XCTest framework or iOS Unit test.
- Beta Testing – After having built and tested, you can invite users to your apps and collect feedback using TestFlight prior to deploying to the App Store.
- Cloud Testing – Testing your iOS app on real devices is critically important, testing on a real device gives you a more accurate understanding of how your users interact with your app. With cloud testing, you can test your application on real devices that are accessible on the cloud.
- Finally, after days of hard work and testing, you can launch your app on the Apple Store!
List of Tools to Develop your App for Free
Often it is difficult to get an investor on board during the initial phase of development, and this is exactly when such resources come to your rescue!
Here’s a list of 5 most used tools to develop your app for free:
Build mobile apps quickly without writing a single line of code using their intuitive app maker. It is a mobile app development tool perfect for busy small to medium-sized business owners.
Sencha’s products allow developers to build apps for desktops, tablets, and smartphones.
A tool that’s relatively new, but widely popular, Xamarin is a Microsoft open-source framework. It is a tool for cross-platform mobile app development.
Courses to Learn How to Develop a Quality App
Here is a list of courses that’ll teach you how to develop quality apps
- Mobile Development Basics for Beginners – Tis is a course offered by SkillShare of a duration of 6 hours and 24 minutes.
- iOS & Swift: The Complete iOS App Development Bootcamp – A course offered by Udemy, priced at INR 455/-, conducted over a period of 54 minutes.
- Mobile App Development – A self-paced, beginners course offered by Coursera.
- Creating a Great User Experience for Mobile Apps – A free and self-paced course offered by Future Learn.
- Build your very First iOS App – A free and self-paced course offered by Curtin University.