The app market is changing and shifting constantly, and the success stories are big enough to catch anyone’s eye. Do you think you have the Next Big Idea for an iPhone app? It may be easier to make than you think.
Although you’ll need to learn some coding, much of the interface work can be done graphically. Creating an app will take time, learning and patience but maybe you can make the next Flappy Bird.
Setting up development environment:
To develop iOS apps using the latest technologies, you need a Mac computer (macOS 10.11.5 or later) running the latest version of Xcode.
Xcode includes all the features you need to design, develop, and debug an app.
Xcode also contains the iOS SDK, which extends Xcode to include the tools, compilers, and frameworks you need specifically for iOS development.
Download the latest version of Xcode on your Mac free from the App Store
- Open the App Store app on your Mac.
- In the search field in the top-right corner, type Xcode and the Xcode app shows up as the first search result.
- Click Get and then click Install App.
Make a Prototype or Planning the app:
- Define your concept : Before you even open Xcode for the first time, you should have a well-thought-out plan for your app and its features. This could include a design document which outlines all of the functionality of the app, sketches of the user interface and flow between screens, and a basic idea of the types of systems that will need to be implemented.
- Try to stick to your design document as much as possible while you are developing your app. This will help keep you focused on the features you want.
- Try to draw at least one thumbnail sketch for each screen in your app.
- Determine your audience: The audience of your app will have a lot to do with the way it looks and the functionality of the application. For example, a to-do list app will have a much different audience than a Flappy Bird game. This will help you
- Consider the content: Your user interface will be determined by the type of content you are showing the user of your app. For example, if the app deals with photos, you will want a user interface that makes looking at photos and navigating through them as easy as possible.
- Address a need with the app : If your app is a utility of some kind, it should offer a solution to a problem that hasn’t been solved before or a unique solution or method or one that does it better than previous attempts. If your app is a game, it should have a unique feature or features that help set it apart and attract specific gamers.
- Practice good UI design processes : The user interface should never get in the way of the user. This means that options should be clearly visible, and the user should never have to question what button does what. If you are using icons, they should accurately represent their function. Navigation through the app should be fluid and natural.-UI design is as much an art form as it is a science. You will likely be revising your design constantly as your project evolves.
About the Author : Harshoday Gade
iOS Developer, 2.5 yrs experience.
4 apps published on App store and 12 on project level