Do you really want to build an iPhone app?

This might sound like a daft question at first. But I want to make certain you have fully explored your market and considered whether it could be more desirable to launch an app on the Blackberry or Android platform.

If you have your brain set on an iPhone app, i quickly urge you to also think about what happens when it is successful? Yes, I am assuming that your iPhone application is a success because they are growing so rapidly. Will the agency you utilize be able to launch a similar app on the other platforms so as not to alienate consumers? Will you choose to combine your iPhone app with perhaps a mobile website that would allow all other smartphone users to access your articles?

Look for the iPhone apps you like!

I have managed many website and iPhone application projects and one of the mistakes I regularly come across is managers which are too reliant on the designers. I suggest that in your initial brief you really look into all the different forms of iPhone apps that are inside your market. If you can find no iPhone apps then simply look at what you like. Consider why one flows better than another, what elements frustrate you and what ideas could you use to create your iPhone app.

Understanding Apple Connect for the iPhone Application

Apple Connect is really a website used by your iPhone application developer. It is basically an internet site that holds the details of one’s app and can be used to send your iPhone app binary code to Apple for them to approve… if you are lucky (I’ll reach that in an instant)

It is also the place where everything you see on iTunes is managed. So those screen shots you see for each app, you guessed it, they’re uploaded through connect. You might like to go through connect with your iPhone app developer just to get used to everything you can and cannot do.

Pricing your iPhone Application

Apple operates a tiered pricing structure so all you have to do is decide on a pricing tier from 1-10 to create your price around the world i.e if it is 59p in the united kingdom then it’ll automatically be 99 cents in america. Again, you can access this with your iPhone developer at Apple Connect.

Planning your iPhone app layout

Bespoke apps will be much less expensive if you do the bottom work. By this I mean work out exactly what you need and develop a ‘work flow’ diagram. Basically focus on a blank picture of an iPhone and sketch in your iPhone app splash screen and homepage. Work out what buttons will go along the bottom of your iPhone app to generate the menu – you might have five buttons.

Next, using plenty of blank iPhone images, create a hierarchical structure of one’s iPhone application. Using this method, you can literally show your designer the method that you want to buy all to work i.e. click here and it shows this screen or searches this item. Don’t worry an excessive amount of about whether it is technically possible as your iPhone app designer will undoubtedly suggest some choices for improvement. After the iPhone app workflow is complete then you and your designer know just how the app should work.

Bespoke iPhone Apps V’s Online App Builders

Only about 12 months ago, if you wanted to build an iPhone app you then had to search for a bespoke answer. Today things are rapidly changing and there are a variety of US based companies and one UK company supplying a build your app online service.

The fundamental difference between bespoke iPhone application development and online app builders is cost and flexibility. So it all boils down to ‘what would you like your iPhone app to accomplish?’ and how much do you want to pay?

With bespoke iPhone applications you truly can create almost anything and you can find companies or individuals very skilled of this type. what does vpn stand for on iphone So ask yourself everything you are trying to achieve. Could it be brand building through clever entertainment or are you currently looking to get content to your customers so as to a) interact with them and build your brand or b) help them to the final purchase of one’s product or service?

Think back a few years to the use of flash in website design. I was fortunate to be part of a website pitch to Disney and do you know what; we went outrageous with flash. Incidentally we won the contract, however soon there were full flash websites everywhere. Today it is very much a different story, for some websites the main objective would be to get content across quickly and efficiently and in a manner that customers are accustomed to, so for example, having the menu at the top or the left hand side of your webpage. Flash is now used predominantly in the areas to add to the entire user experience.

So for what may be classed as ‘utility iPhone apps’ adhere to the rules and always take into account the content you are trying to deliver.

Online iPhone App Builder

The main thing that you should consider when using an online app builder is will it deliver what your customer needs? Can an online iPhone app builder offer your customer precisely what they require without you needing to spend anywhere between �3000 and �20000 plus, building a bespoke iPhone application!

Most online app builders allow you try them for free for either a set time or and soon you publish your app.

iPhone App Download Restraints

Your iPhone application should be less than 10mb’s if you would like users to be able to download it from their phone via a standard connection i.e. not wi-fi.

If you are developing an iPhone game application of sorts you then are likely to go over this limit, however for an iPhone business application, then ideally try to keep it under 10mb’s

iPhone Content

If you read only 1 piece of text in this whole document, be sure to read this next part which looks at iPhone app content and the significance it has in getting your iPhone application signed off by Apple.

When you go about building your iPhone application the initial thing it is advisable to realise is that content is essential. Let’s take entertainment and games out of the equation for an instant because by their very nature they are highly likely to get signed off. So let’s focus on building a utility or business iPhone applicatio