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iPhone app development can be a complicated process, especially for business owners with little to no technical experience. It is always a good idea to become familiar with the different factors involved in app development. This will ensure you get the best services for your investment.
Most business owners will invest a lot of time and effort into finding the right professional for iPhone app development in India. In this article, we discuss what happens after you’ve chosen a professional.
The first step of any development project is consultation. During this time, you need to elucidate your ideas for the developer and explain what you need from the app. The developer will consider your ideas, explain feasibility, offer solutions and recommendations, etc.
A thorough consultation can help business owners understand the ins and outs of the development process. It also helps the developers understand what the client needs and plan accordingly.
- Setting Goals
The next step in the development process is setting goals for the app. When developers have defined targets, they’re better able to create an app that might appeal to the clients and their customers. Examples of these goals include:
- The number of downloads within the first month of launch.
- Monetization goal.
- Type of target audiences for the app.
- Upkeep and maintenance goals.
- Budget for the project.
- Setting Minimum Viable Product (MVP).
Once you have set goals for the project, it is easier for developers to create an app that suits your requirements. Make sure all of your goals are straightforward and attainable. Setting impossible goals is the quickest road to failure.
- Design Process
Once the goals are set, it is time to start the design process. This process determines what the app will look like and how it will function. Here’s a look at what is included in the design process:
- Information Architecture – This determines how the information in the app is displayed to the user. An app should have a streamlined architecture and a coherent navigation path. During this process, the developers note down everything that needs to be included in the app and determine where these elements should be placed.
- Wireframes – The wireframes are a physical representation of the app structure. These are usually sketches or even digital drawings that provide a clear idea of where everything will go and what their purpose will be.
- Workflows – Workflows define navigation. They will show how users will move through the app or carry out different actions like submitting forms or making purchases.
- User Interface – The user interface is what customers will see when they download and use the app. This should be friendly, easy-to-use, and efficient. It should also have an appealing design and structure. During the design process, developers will create style guides to develop a color and visual story. They will also create rendered designs and click-through designs to give you a clear idea of what the app will look like.
Once the design process is complete, the most complicated aspect of iPhone app development is complete. Now the developers will move on to creating the platform they have envisioned.
- Development Process
Many app development teams falter during this process because they don’t have the skill or experience to carry out actual development. This stage requires the most technical skill and insight. There are two aspects of the app development process and they are:
- Front End Design – The front end is what the app users see and interact with. There are three approaches to this; platform specific, cross-platform, and hybrid. If you’re looking for just iPhone apps, the developers will focus on platform-specific app design.
The app is basically ready for release after the development process is complete, but most iPhone app development companies won’t release it immediately. There are a few more things to do after the development is complete.
- Testing and Review
The first thing professionals do after development is testing. The company will usually have a separate team for testing to ensure the process is more genuine and provides more accurate results. Regular app testing includes:
- Functional testing to ensure every feature works as expected.
- Usability testing to ensure the interface is easy to use and intuitive.
- Performance testing assesses the apps speed and responsiveness, especially when on the move.
- Designers testing is performed by the initial designers of the project to ensure all of their recommended features are included.
- Device specific testing shows how the app performs on different iPhone devices.
Beta testing and user testing also helps determine a user’s response to the app and its features. This should be done before full-scale deployment.
Once the testing is complete, the app can be deployed. Developers will first deploy the server, which handles the bulk of app processes. If the server isn’t functioning well, the app simply won’t work as you expect it to. Most experts recommend cloud servers because they’re more scalable.
The next step is to deploy the app in the App Store. This can be a fairly complex process because you need to make sure the app is configured for the store first. After that, you need to fill in several forms, provide the screenshots of the app, offer app description, and any related marketing documents. Apple has its own set of rules for apps in the App Store and might request a modification if the app doesn’t live up to their standards.
This is a detailed look into what you can expect from the iPhone app development process. It is a good idea to keep an eye on the development process and communicate with the team regularly. The last thing you want is for the app to turn out faulty because of the lack of communication between two parties.
Neha is a blogger working with Appzdevelopment.