iOS App Development Trends That Will Shape 2018

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iOS App Development Trends That Will Shape 2018

Development for the App Store is growing at a rapid pace. These predictions look into the future of iOS trends for the next year and beyond.

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The January 6, 2016 press release from Apple discussed at length how more than $1.1b was made in the form of apps and in-app purchases over the 2015 Christmas and New Year period. The press release also mentioned that, since 2008, the Apple App Store had raked in $40b for developers. Over one-third of this amount came in the previous year or so. This stat captures the pace at which the App Store is growing as a revenue generator for both Apple and all the developers on board. It is no wonder then that all iOS app developers are eager to have their finger on the pulse of app development in the future. Here’s our take.

IoT-Focused Apps Will Come to the Fore

Cisco’s much-talked-about claim that we will have 50 billion Internet-connected devices by 2020— that’s more than the global population estimated for the year— has made IoT the buzzing dot that just won’t go off the radar. 2015 saw close to 80 major IoT related acquisitions across the global business sphere, and 2016 witnessed a continuation of this trend. Revenues and profits from IoT only ventures have steadily increased. It is not surprising then that IOS app developers are already preparing to build applications that can communicate with Internet-enabled devices.

As IoT companies mature and unveil better and more sophisticated products in the market, iOS app developers will have better incentives to create value-adding apps that help users get the most out of their IoT products. Recognition of digital signals from the sensors and transducers deployed in IoT devices, and securely exchanging information over Wi-Fi networks: these are set to be the areas of focus for IOS developers for 2017 and beyond. Apple Watch 2 has shown how autonomous devices are the way forward, and there’s every reason to believe that the same philosophy will drive innovation in terms of iOS apps of the future.

GPS and Augmented Reality Will Drive Innovation

Pokémon Go has showcased in 2016 how GPS can be a driver of success for mobile applications. Augmented Reality (AR) couples well with GPS, and the duo could prove to be a vital tool at the disposal of any iOS mobile app developer in 2017 and beyond. Using the location tracking and navigation functionalities of handsets, mobile applications can deliver more novel experiences and greater value to users. Industries such as retail and automation have strongly endorsed GPS-enabled applications.rending

As top iOS app development services continue to explore possibilities in the genre, there will surely be a greater adoption from other markets. 3D game developers need to keep an eye on the advances in GPS technologies, so that they can be the first in this game of equals. With end users becoming more open to the idea of letting their locations be known and tracked by web apps, iOS mobile app developers have the license to explore more, although the fine print of security concerns must still be included.

Security Will Percolate to the Core of iOS App Development

Among the major concerns of software giants across the globe, Apple included, is the way mobile data security threats have grown at a rate almost matching that of the globally combined app development think tank’s innovation. Whereas features like 2-factor user authentication were novel a few years back, they have become fairly commonplace today, with even the most routine iOS apps using it.

At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2016, held on June 13-17 at Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco, announcements and the keynote talk about App Transport Security (ATS) becoming mandatory for iOS apps made it apparent that Apple’s application development platform is aligning itself with the new security-focused wave of development. Stronger and more innovative data encryption methodologies are also bound to emerge in 2017, with a dedicated effort being invested in this direction by major app developers. Apple iPhones’ built-in security features are also growing with every year’s launch, and this will be another motivator for iOS app developers to keep security at the core of applications.

iOS Apps for Enterprises – The Way Forward

Did you know that more than half of US companies will have more than 10 dedicated applications in place by 2017? This is a clear indicator of how huge enterprise app development may be for iOS app developers in the years to come. The surge in enterprise apps has been based on two pillars – real-time customer engagement and interaction, and dynamic management of tasks and data:

  • Enterprises are leveraging applications to manage CRM functions in an agile manner; and
  • Planners and managers are using dedicated decision aid enterprise apps to manage processes and tasks with real-time intelligent inputs based on advanced data analytics.

There’s ample space for IOS app developers to combine the best of big data, IoT, and enterprise app development to create cutting-edge applications in the years to come.

Swift 3.0 to Strengthen Use of Apple’s Proprietary Programming Language for iOS App Development

Not long ago, debates around the popularity of Apple’s Swift programming language, and the traditional Objective-C inadvertently gravitated towards the latter. However, since Apple’s Swift went open source in Dec 2015, it has been roping in adopters, eventually leaving Objective-C behind (based on TIOBE index in Jan 2016).

Today, iOS app developers swear by Swift’s ease of use and navigable learning curve. Apple’s June 2016 release of Swift 3.0 is a step forward in the developer-first direction that all mature programming languages eventually take. 2017 and the years ahead should see extensive use of Swift 3.0 (and any subsequent versions) for development of apps for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

Final Thoughts

Whereas Android wins all volume battles, in this mega-battle of software giants, Apple wins all the ‘margin’ battles. Android will continue to hold on to major market share in terms of the number of devices, whereas Apple will top the charts in terms of revenues. The fact that revenues from iOS apps are much higher, with better margins, however, will continue to incentivize innovation and action in the field of iOS app development.

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