Here is a great post from guest blogger Sam Mauzy about creating an
iPhone app in case you are inspired to try for yourself!
The iPhone is constantly growing in popularity, and apps are swiftly becoming indispensable to everyday living. Making a successful app seems like an easy task, and has the potential to bring in a lot of money. So why isn’t everyone doing it?
Why Make an iPhone App?
iPhone purchases are on the rise, and the market is saturated with existing users. Making an iPhone app is a quick way to reach a huge user base that doesn’t necessarily have an app available like the one you want to make — unlike the standard PC platform and the wide availability of 30 years of software. You’re getting in on the ground floor of the next wave of computing. Not to mention the potential for profit from making and selling a solid app.
What You Need to Start Developing
There are two facets for iPhone app development you need to keep in mind. The first facet is the design side, and the second is the technical side. Both are equally important when designing a good app.
On the design side, you need to think about your potential app. What problem does it solve for the user? What makes it better than existing apps for that purpose? What’s more, you also need to be an iPhone user to begin with. The iPhone experience is unique, and you can’t dive into developing for it without knowing how it works. Being limited to using fingers limits the actions your program can accept, for instance. You simply need to know what feels good and what doesn’t when interacting with a small-screened touch device.
On the technical side, you need some hardware and software before you can begin. First off, you need two devices: an iPhone and an Mac of some kind. It doesn’t need to be a new top of the line machine, but the Apple iPhone development tools don’t run on Windows machines.
Secondly, you need to be a registered member of the Apple Developer Center. This is free, up until the point where you want to publish your app — that costs $99. The free registration will allow you access to Xcode, the various code samples and development tutorial videos, and a variety of other helpful bits of information and tools.
Once you have all of the required hardware and tools, and you have a solidly designed app in your mind and on paper, you’re ready to start coding. Putting an app together is time-intensive and can be a complex process for even the simplest apps. Experienced developers will have established routines for creating products, which limits the learning to a new language. New developers will have quite the learning experience ahead of them.
Thankfully, nearly every technical issue has been documented somewhere, and there are whole books, websites and series of videos dedicated to helping out iPhone developers of all skill levels. Once you have the tools and the idea, development is just a matter of hard work putting your plan into action.
Sandy Miller has been helping clients with marketing and advertising projects for over 15 years. In that time I have seen lots of changes but nothing as exciting as the introduction of social media.