In the mobile app development industry, Apple’s iOS is considered the most powerful operating system.
Over the years, a number of iPhone, iPad, and iPod models have been launched and iOS app development companies are generating huge revenues. Today, more and more people understand the benefits of iPhone apps and using it in their daily life for day-to-day tasks.
There are a lot of opportunities for iOS app developers.
Key iOS Application Development Trends to Watch For
loT Based Applications will be in Demand
By 2020, we will have more than 50 billion Internet-connected devices, claimed by Cisco – which is more than the global population estimated for the year. It has made the Internet of Things (loT) a favourite buzzword.
In 2016, we saw approximately 80 major loT-related acquisitions across the global business sphere. Profits and revenues that generated from loT-only ventures have seen steady increases.
So it’s not shocking that iOS app developers are already working hard to develop apps that can communicate with Internet-enabled devices. Today, various loT companies have developed and revealed better and more erudite products in the market and iOS app developers will have better incentives to develop value-adding apps, which help users to get most out of their loT products.
The recognition of digital signals from sensors and transducers deployed in loT devices, and exchanging information over wifi networks are set to be the areas of focus for iOS developers for 2017 and beyond.
The Apple Watch 2 is the perfect example of how autonomous devices are the way forward, and there is every reason to believe that the same philosophy will drive innovation in terms of iOS apps of the future.
Location-based Services Continue to Rise
Location-based services are constantly rising in the market with the availability and ease of use of GPS on all the mobile devices. It gives users real-time information and deals based on their whereabouts.
Do you know that there are lots of major areas where location-based services can be implemented? Indoor mapping, location-specific payment portals, security features, retail offers, and travel are the areas where LBS can be implemented.
Various biggest tech giants have made a big purchase in the LBS space and Beacon technology is also becoming popular. LBS can be a serious drain on battery life, so expect hardware advancements in this area.
3D game developers also need to keep their eyes on the advances in GPS technologies as last year we saw the enormous success of GPS as a driver for gamification with the development with Pokemon Go. 3D development could be a game-changer.
iOS Applications for Enterprise
This year there will be huge demand for enterprise mobile applications as a lot of organizations have already adopted apps for their employees to manage everything easier. Using such apps organizations and can optimize the workplace, and manage their employees in a better way.
The flow in business applications has been based on two pillars – real-time customer engagement and interaction, and active management of tasks and data:
- Today, you can find a lot of enterprises that are leveraging apps for various purposes like managing CRM functions, easy payment processing, email marketing systems, content management, etc.
- Planners and managers are making use of dedicated decision aid enterprise apps to manage processes and tasks with real-time intelligent inputs based on advanced data analytics.
There is a lot of room for professional iOS app developers to combine the best of big data, loT and enterprise app development to create out-of-the-box apps in the future.
iOS App Security Will Be More Important
The security of applications is becoming more important than ever before, due to the sensitivity and sheer quantity of user data related to accessing of accounts and contacts.
Still a lot of people do not take smartphone security seriously, but they should, and this is a big concern for app developers also. Applications that are developed with inbuilt security features can make a huge difference and should be prioritized, either at the API level or with a simple code to access the app itself.
Apple’s iOS apps are allowing developers to generate more revenue with better margins with these trends. If you have an app idea that you want to discuss with professionals, make sure that you get in touch with a professional iPhone app developer, who can help you deliver the right solution.
Mohd Sohel Ather
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