Top Tips for Getting Your iOS App Development Bang On
Apple’s iOS being one of the most popular mobile platforms, app development can be a very rewarding process. However, Apple is known to be extremely strict about the quality of the apps. It lays down very stringent guidelines for app developers that developers are expected to follow;otherwise, the app will not be accepted in the App Store. Some useful tips that will help you develop iOS apps that are highly usable and user-friendly:
Ensure the Layout Is Optimum
It is vital to ensure that the app content fits the device screen and does not require the user to scroll left or right. Make sure the text can be very easily read under all conditions. Provide for high-contrast font colors to make reading easy, especially in the outdoors. The font size should be such that users do not have to zoom in or out. Keep in mind that the app layout should be intuitive and fluid. You should try and avoid special effects like bezels, shadows, and gradients as they interfere with clarity and do not let the user focus on the text and images.
Before publishing the app, conduct layout reviews with the help of emulators. Try to test for as many screen sizes as possible. It is a good idea to develop for the latest iPhone model while maintaining backward compatibility to the extent possible. The more models and OS versions the app can support, the larger the potential audience, according to a consultant associated with some prominent iOS app development companies in Mumbai.
Design User Interface Elements to Be Intuitive and Incorporate 3D Touch
App developers developing apps for the iOS should familiarize themselves with the intuitive design principles of the iPhone so that they know exactly how the drop-down menus and elements work and how easy it is for users to select an item from the drop-down menu or tap an element. Your app should also follow the same design principles and ensure that the user sees the next element once he chooses a menu item. 3D touch has already become very popular with users; they will expect your app to also support the feature to open up new dimensions in usability.
Build a Project Directory Structure
Small projects may not demand the creation of a project directory; however, working at the enterprise level, and especially as a member of a larger team, you will need to create a project directory so that the entire process is transparent and capable of accepting intervention by other developers in case of need. Without a project structure that’s intuitive, app development can get really messy and lead to duplication of effort or even errors being committed due to lack of familiarity by developers coming in later.
By keeping the user in mind, following specified best practices, and being organized, app development for iOS can be made far easier than what most people assume. Even though the number of apps in the market is huge, the sky is the limit for innovative ideas executed properly.
Author bio: Mandy Bular is the chief designer of one of the most well-known iOS app development companies in Mumbai. She writes regularly on issues of interest to young app developers.