Building Native iOS apps


The immense popularity of iPhone and iPad devices have changed the face of the mobile industry. These devices are being openly embraced by both consumers and businesses. There is a growing need of small and large businesses to develop iOS apps for their benefit.

Native iOS apps are built using development tools like Xcode and Objective-C. Most of the apps are written in Objective-C programming language and developers mostly use, Xcode to develop the apps.

Native iOS application development supports the following:

  • Data intensiveness
  • Fluidity
  • User experience
  • Graphics performance
  • Mature development
  • Platform-dependent design
  • Responsiveness
  • Navigation

Apple has designed their frameworks around Objective-C language. To build an iOS app, you must use only Mac OS X, as the other operating systems are not supported by Apple.

The Pros of Native iOS apps

  • iOS apps provide aesthetics and enhance user experience. They give a more natural UI/UX look and feel.
  • Native apps come with many elements preloaded. User data is fetched from the web rather than the application.
  • Faster performance of apps as the apps work with the device’s built-in features.
  • Less time spent in styling elements to make them feel native.
  • Native Apps can collaborate with and make the most of the features on a platform.
  • Users are able to discover native apps more easily with the help of app stores.
  • App store approval assures users of quality and safety of apps.
  • In case of native apps, the app store handles all purchase transactions on the developer’s behalf.
  • Can store more data offline, as Native apps have no limitations when it comes to local storage.

Cons of Native iOS apps

  • Separate native apps should be created for each mobile platform with the help of native programming language.
  • Does not support : “Write once & run anywhere concept”.
  • Since the app updates have to be downloaded by users, there will be a fragmented user-base.
  • If you develop native iOS apps, you are at the mercy of the app store.
  • If you wish to develop an app that can support multiple mobile platforms, it may be costly.
  • Approval processes of different app stores can delay or prevent the release of an app.
  • Native apps have to be updated manually by the user.

Businesses supporting iOS devices can develop native apps with innovative iOS controls, making it possible to create unique apps.

iPhone and iPad have become synonymous with the corporate landscape & will do more so in the future, greatly influencing firms developing iOS apps.

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