iPhone App Development - 19 May 2010

The iPhone is an amazing device and I wouldn’t be without mine.  It’s by far the best gadget I’ve ever bought – and I’ve bought a lot of gadgets!  As iPhone App developers we receive a lot of calls from people thinking that they have the perfect application.  I just wanted to write a few comments about what shapes our early design and development thoughts when you call us to discuss us working with you on the development of your iPhone app.

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Apple has already spent a lot of time thinking about how to present information and build interactive and creative applications on the iPhone. The bundled applications that come with the iPhone are the results of many, many hours of research and work. Look at them in detail (as we have) and try to apply these user interface basics as you think about the design and development of your iphone app.

Mostly all apps for the iPhone are highly visual. This makes a lot of sense as the iPhone is a lovely device, lovely to hold, very touchable, gorgeous to look at – and a pleasure to use. We start by sketching out a framework of how your iphone app might look, feel and work. At first this is done with good old fashioned paper and pen, then once we’ve got that worked out we’ll mock up some visuals using Photoshop.  This allows our clients to know what the app will look and feel like before we’ve written a line of code.  We pass this information about the app to our iphone development and programming team with detailed instructions on:

  • The type of layout each app screen should have
  • The buttons or options on the screens
  • The actions associated with each button or menu item

So if you want to be ahead of the curve then why not jot us down a sketch using pen/pencil & paper and fax it over to us.  The exact shape and format of your screen sketches doesn’t matter. As long as they are legible, it’ll be a big help.  But don’t worry if you don’t think you can – we’ll do this ourselves too when we discuss your iphone app development with you.

From a programming perspective, some things are easier to do in an iPhone app, while other seemingly simple things are very time consuming.  This may make a difference in the design and appearance of your app and we’ll explain this as we guide you through the early stages of your iphone app development project.  This will mean that we complete your app on time and on budget.

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