How to reduce your iPhone app development costs - 1 Nov 2010

One thing that clients are always asking us, is how to reduce their iPhone or android mobile app development costs. Whoever is going to develop your iPhone app there are certain things that clients themselves can do to reduce the cost associated with developing your app. Let me list 5 areas that you can influence the cost of your app downwards.

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1. Know your corporate identity

Having a concise corporate identity can really help show that as a company you are professional and can make decisions. This will allow your development team to have confidence that key decisions can be made and therefore the project has a greater chance of completing on time and on budget.

2. Know what you want the app to do

It sounds quite self-explanatory, however we do receive enquiries from people that require an estimate of development cost but they have no fixed idea of what they require the app to do. Knowing what you require, and also having seen those processes in other apps (if possible) can help to reduce the time and cost of development.

3. Keeping the app to essentials

Most apps on the app store have a function that they perform as a core service. Whether the app is a game or a business app. Keeping your app to this core function is usually a good idea, both for letting the user know exactly what the app does so that its users can find it easier, and also for keeping the development shorter and more on budget. A well-defined brief is a good start to getting a great app.

4. Don’t use too many custom graphics or processes

On the whole iPhone apps all look a little bit similar. If you wish to break the mould then be aware that it might take your budget a little higher! There are many reasons why the majority of iPhone apps look and navigate in similar ways. Users expect apps to work in certain ways and Apple expects iPhone apps to work in certain ways (Apple review all apps before they are distributed to users). There are also development processes that all developers use to develop apps and it’s quicker to produce apps that follow the tried and trusted well beaten path. It may be that your apps main feature is that it’s different to others… great – a good reason to deviate. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

5. Know how you want the app to look

This doesn’t mean that you need a desighn for the app before we start the project. But we can provide some wire framed paper for you to doodle your ideas on. If you have an idea of how you want the app to look, then draw it out. It’ll help you think through ideas and make a more concise brief, this will help greatly.

So this is just a couple of ways that you can influence the cost of the development of your mobile iPhone or android app.

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