Many promising mobile developers tend to gravitate towards the iPhone as their preferred platform for developing applications. The Apple iPhone is a premium quality smartphone that gives a great user experience and provides a great platform for designing and developing mobile applications. There are hundreds and thousands of iPhone users around the world who reach out to great iPhone apps on a daily basis, to the proprietary single window distribution platform – the iTunes Store.
Among the apps that are submitted for release on the iTunes store, only a handful of apps meet the app store’s stringent norms and are approved by Apple. There are a number of elaborate steps between the planning stages of an iPhone application and its final deployment to the iTunes Store. Let’s take a look at these steps and discuss a few tips which could make the entire discussion relatively easy.
1. Assimilate material and plan ahead – iPhone app developers are talented, creative individuals. However, no amount of skills can be effective without proper planning. Developers need to plan for the entire app development lifecycle, up to the very last stage of development, even before writing a single code.
Planning each and every step of the way, considering budgetary implications, the possible problems that might be faced and their solutions while forming a strategy to promote and market the app once it is developed and launched are very important and can prove to be the decisive factor in the success of an iPhone app published and distributed in Apple’s iTunes store.
With proper planning, contingencies can be taken care of in lesser time and in most cases prevented altogether. Similarly, people with iPhone development skills should assimilate all the data, text and multimedia items required in the app development process at the very beginning. This saves developers the time to find out and gather resources at crucial final stages of the app development process when the focus needs to be entirely on the development/testing process.
2. Good development practices and testing – Developers should be expertise on different tools that aid to development, including the most recent trends and innovations that define the iPhone app development industry. The implementation of good development practices while creating iPhone apps is beneficial in the long run as these applications are usually of higher quality.
Apple is insistent on maintaining high performance for all its applications on the iTunes Store, and the habit of inculcating recent good industry standard practices of coding and design can score quite a point. Similarly, applications need to be tested rigorously for defects, bugs, errors, flaws in design, next to overall usability and comfort of use. These are vital factors which drive the overall success of the app; once released, and app developers should spend time in extensive testing, so as to eliminate the risk of the apps being rejected on the iTunes Store.