Customizing iPhone application demands intensive designing and programming tweaks. There are many essentials to keep in mind while developing custom iPhone app and here we have listed at least fifteen (15) to give you some clues regarding it.
Apple iOS is one of the most sought-after mobile OS platforms for mobile app developers who want to make the big and consistent fortune out of mobile app development. Smartphone, iPhone is more rewarding device compared to tablets-iPad. Therefore, iOS app developers are more inclined towards iPhone app development than iPad apps.
Today Apple App Store is flooding with standard and commonly used iPhone apps, so businesses are looking for iPhone app development when they realize that ready to use products are hardly help in solving bespoken needs of the business processes and end-users or customers.
Moreover, businesses or professions demand unique applications to do branding and leverage other advantages of custom iPhone apps. In due course, iPhone app developers have to learn some more techniques to please their patrons by providing their clienteles highly customized iPhone apps.
15 Essentials or Tips to Develop Custom iPhone Application.
No.1: Follow Design Guideline Charted by Apple
Apple has issued strict guidelines for app design too. Strict means just follow the design conventions.
For instance, iPhone app developers can modify the style of particular design element to enhance the look-n-feel, but cannot change the expected function of the element altogether.
Obeying the rules and regulations of Apple can speed up the approval process and improves user experiences as well.
No.2: Design Intuitive App UI
Whether you design a standard app or highly customize the app, keep the design intuitive, so you need not direct the users to tutorials or apply onboarding techniques.
Keep UI simple with native user experiences to provide users comfort. Keep visual appeal intact without disturbing UX.
No.3: Draw a Complete Flow Chart
Plan the app design in advance by drawing flowchart of the app. Consider the basic navigation framework first before designing other functional blocks or modules. Run guerilla UX tests on the planning prototype.
No.4: Easy to Navigate Design
The navigation bar is an excellent way to provide info regarding the UI. Keep design convention at the center to make navigation easy.
For instance, keep back button/icon at left while menu, profile, and action buttons on the right side of navigation.
You can customize the background and color of the navigation bar, but keep it blur or semitransparent to make the text behind it visible.
No.5: Design UI Responsive
Apple used to keep backward compatibility of iOS for limited previous versions of devices. Therefore, fragmentation issues are limited with design adaptations. However, it is the best way to keep the adaptive design for your custom iPhone app so it can scale up or down with old as well as upcoming iPhone devices.
X-code and Sketch like tools provide clues for design constraints so follow it. The iPhone versions usually comprise of four different types of resolutions, so design app in a responsive way where layouts expand on resolutions but never scale on dimensions.
For instance, navigation bar scales on width, but never on height and element with it remain the same in proportions.
No.6: Design for Touch Gestures
If iPhone app UI designer used to design UI for the pointing devices, the same will not work for touchscreen design. Touch gestures require entirely different approaches such as it needs spaces in between the action elements that can allow a big thumb to operate without overlapping anything.
Similarly, design conventions also different from the pointing devices like a sweep, tilt, and so on.
No.7: Design Content
Readability of content is vital to any app success so keep texts of iPhone app screen readable by selecting appropriate font size and type. Test it frequently with different iOS and iPhone devices. Place the control in adjoining area of the relevant content to avoid confusion for users.
No.8: Design Status Bar
The status bar is important to design element for the iPhone app users because it keeps users informed regarding many vital things. Include icon or elements for time, battery status, network signals, and so on. Text or icon on the status bar could be in black or white or colors but must be in contrast to background color for optimum visibility.
No.9: Design Toolbar
The toolbar is essential for app functioning. Therefore, grab enough screen real estate for toolbar elements such as action buttons like ADD, EDIT, DONE, DELETE, DO, and UNDO as well as screen status.
If your toolbar is exhibiting tools in the context of UI or modules appear on the screen, you need to provide enough space to cover the maximum elements.
No.10: Design Tab Bar
Tabs are an excellent way to provide comprehensive but custom navigation scheme for your iPhone app. Try to avoid designing Hamburger menu when very fewer items to display. The design is standing out the menu with clarity in design and style.
Icons only design approaches are not good because, without explanatory texts, users may be misguided or confused when a less popular symbol has placed. If you want to use an icon, try to use the outline of it instead of a filled icon to make it subtle in design.
No.11: Design Progress Bar
A progress bar displays the progress of the action taken and keeps users engaged as well as informed that something is going on and the app is not hanged or stop functioning. It true in the case of loading screens.
Similarly, progress bar also keeps users informed regarding the process they have initiated to checkout and display the present status of the process by displaying steps or stages of the process.
No.12: Design Buttons & Texts
On the touch screen, designing buttons like action elements become tricky. The standard size of the button is 44 points. Similarly, display on-off toggle button with design conventions.
For small text, 12pt is enough. For body text, it requires 17pt while for titles it should be 20pt.
No.13: Prioritize Table View
The list view of content requires table view, so it is basic and customized according to the content it has to display. App designer can sue various preset styles and accessories at the basic level of design of table view. It can be designed to group the cells with a title above and the description below.
No.14: Use Modals
Various UI modules or models are available for iPhone app UI design such as alert dialog box serves the purpose of communication of important info and entice quick actions. Activity dialog box helps to share the content using texts, links, and photos leveraging various iOS features including Bookmark, Favorite, Airdrop, and social media like Facebook, Twitter, and so on.
Design full-size modules for a bit lengthy info and make them appear on the screen from the slide, flip, fade, or page animation schemes. Of course, keep design elements like cancel button on all modules to save frustrating experiences for app users.
No.15: Optimize Images
Images must be optimized for memory size in KBs instead of MBs to load the screen elements quickly as well as smooth the app interactions. Tiny screens of iPhone devices require different resolutions of the images as well as need to make it retina display compatible.
Keep image aspect ratio intact while resizing it to avoid distorting appearance. Similarly, keep image clarity obvious to display on tiny screens.
Designing a successful iPhone app is a big challenge for iPhone app developers and some essential tips described above are some of the fine clues to achieve it. When anyone wishes to have an outstanding iPhone app with perfect design, it requires the search for an experienced team of iPhone app designers and iPhone app programmers.
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