iOS App Development

At Dreamr, we develop native apps, so the app we create will be specific to your operating system. We think this is best in terms of performance, user-experience (UX) and security. It also gives users offline capability, uploading user data when an internet connection is available. Each operating system has individual specifications and there’s quite a difference in the way that people use iOS devices compared to Android.

Deciding which platform is best for your app is one of the first stages of our app development process. Our cross-functional team of developers, project managers and marketing experts work with our clients’ to determine which platform should be developed first.

For enterprise customers, who are looking to use an app to improve your organisation’s internal processes, you may already have a preference based on which devices are currently being used.

To develop an app for iOS, we use a programming language called Swift, and build your app in Xcode. This can be used to create software for all Apple devices, from a Macbook Pro to an Apple Watch.

Collaboration is key

The first part of our agile design process involves an interactive session with our cross-functional design and development team. This is where we’ll outline your objectives, get a feel for your target audience and establish key features for your app. Having representatives from your team working alongside our marketing, design and coding experts, together in one room (or one video conference) means that we can identify goals and KPIs for the project quickly and effectively.

Secure by design

Having plenty of input from our clients throughout the design and development stage means that we can ensure that, when it comes to launch, you’re happy with the overall user-experience (UX). Using an agile, iterative process to develop your app allows us to regularly test how well the app performs in terms of speed and processing.

We also incorporate app security testing into each sprint so that we can eliminate as many threats as possible. We thoroughly test the app with dummy input to account for all possible inputs and plug any gaps in the software. This also helps to ensure that the app will function properly when it comes to deployment.

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Why choose iOS for your app development?

Many startups choose to build their app for iOS first, then move on to Android. Apple offer a small range of products, so your iOS app can easily be optimised for a particular device. We can develop an iOS app that runs on iPhones and iPads of different screen sizes and resolutions because their operating systems are very similar, meaning your app development time is typically shorter.

Apple have a much stronger control over iOS software updates in comparison to Android. Their updates are rolled out universally, and software development kits (SDKs) are sent out to app developers promptly. This allows us to quickly modify your app if the updates and changes are going to affect overall performance. Apple do not allow users to revert to previous versions of their software, which means that almost everybody with an Apple device is moving forward together on to their new and improved operating system, keeping fragmentation and maintenance to a minimum.

There are also user demographics to consider when choosing a platform for your app. Are your target customers more likely to be using iOS or Android?

iOS users tend to be more affluent, better educated and more willing to pay for apps from the Apple App Store, before they even download it. This is something you can talk through with our app marketing strategy experts before your project gets underway.

The process

01. Research

We brainstorm together with clients, encouraging them to get creative so we can generate the best possible user experience (UX) from your app. Our experts are knowledgeable, professional and approachable and we aim to create an environment where you feel you can express your ideas and have our team fully understand what you’re trying to achieve.

02. Design

We go on to produce an interactive prototype. At this stage, we’ll be able to carry out small-scale usability testing and you can get a feel for overall functionality. We can work with you to arrange focus groups at this stage, before the more in-depth app development gets underway.

03. Develop

At the end of each sprint, we aim to have a minimum viable product (MVP) that can be launched as an initial offering to gain user feedback. This approach gives us a lot of flexibility in the longer-term app development process; we can analyse user behaviour and add or remove features for the next sprint.