iOS powers about 28% of the total smartphone market, and all the software's that runs on these devices are iOS Apps. Some of the examples of some famous iOS apps would be - Snapchat, Evernote, Twitter, etc. iOS apps run exclusively on Apple devices such as the iPad, the iPhone, and the iWatch.
As per reports there are about 2.09 Million apps running on the Apple Apple Store, and all these apps are meant only for Apple devices only. With Apple unveiling their latest M1 chip, many iOS apps are compatible with the MacBook's, and iMacs.
All iPhones run on iOS, and a freelance iOS developer is a software engineer who specializes in creating iOS Apps, or certain elements of an iOS App. Most apps are complex, and are often built as a result of a collaboration between multiple people, such as UI/UX designers, freelance graphic designers, QA engineers, freelance software developers, network architects etc.
Let’s take an example to understand this better. Mr. Bikram has a game for Android, but now wants to recreate the same game for iPhones, i.e. convert them into iOS apps in such cases, there’d be an array of people who specialize in different fields to collaborate, and work together.
In short, iOS developers, and agencies design, prototype, and build apps.
The simplest answer to this question is a little obvious. An iOS App Developer can develop iOS apps, but there are further subcategories in iOS Development which often requires expertise. Therefore an iOS App Developer can do any of the following things for you.
Designing and Prototyping - There are full-stack iOS app developers with a complete knowledge of the entire creative flow of the creation of an app. They can help create prototypes and initial designs for your app.
Development of your app - In most cases, the designs, wireframes of the apps are ready before it goes to the iOS Developers. The iOS app developers job is to write code for the iOS App.
Making the iOS app go live on the Apple store- Post production of the app, deploying it online and making it live on the Apple store takes time, and there are certain technical requirements which can be solved by the iOS developer.
Scale your App - Let’s say Ms. Vrinda runs a gaming company, and has been facing issues with scaling the iOS app from 1000 simultaneous players to running 100,000 users at once. In such cases she will hire an app-development agency that can work on the current app to improve it intrinsically. An iOS developer can help scale apps.
Quality Testing - Now Ms. Vrinda’s new iOS app is ready to be released in the market, but can he risk launching it without undergoing rigorous testing and bug fixing? An iOS app developer can test the app under different scenarios that allows them to check for vulnerabilities, and bugs that can be fixed before release. In real-time scenarios the testing bit is usually performed by a different agency.
iOS App Integrations - Let’s imagine a situation where Ms. Vrinda now wants to connect old data from his pre-iOS app days with the iOS app. This is just one unique possibility where a professional iOS app developer would be needed. There are 10000s of business apps that may need to be connected with iOS apps in the backend to build a seamless connectivity of data.
Debug and Fix errors - Running online stores involves working with various apps, and technologies, and with time there can be occasional bugs which can be fixed by an expert.
iOS App Consultation - Mr. Dharma wants to work on his dream of building an iOS app but before investing a huge amount of money he wants to consult with an expert before he shortlists the agency. In such cases senior iOS developers are willing to consult in exchange for consultation fees. But this decision can help businesses save a lot of money, and bad decisions.
Let’s take a look at some examples to better understand the costing structures -
Mr. Rahul has an idea for an iOS App, but all he has is just an idea. In this case if he’s serious about getting an app made, in such cases he has to bear expenses for UI/UX design, prototyping, content creation, copywriting, development, testing, etc. which would cost a lot of money. Therefore in this case, the developer is needed not just for the development of the app, but for the prototyping, structuring, and more.
There’s an already existing android app developed by freelance Android app developer that needs to be transformed into an iOS app. In this case, as compared to the first one the amount of work that goes into this will be lesser, hence the costs may be lesser than in the first case.
However, the cost of hiring an iOS app developer will depend on multiple factors that are majorly determined by the business use-case in question. Some of the factors are listed as follows -
Scope of work - Are you looking for a fully functional app that needs to be designed from scratch or do you need someone to design the backend for you? The cost is dependent on the scope of work because it determines the amount of time, expertise and resources that would go into the development work.
Complexity of the App - Some apps are super complex, and require multiple layers of work to be done. Say for instance you’re building an app that is expected to handle 1 Million simultaneous users vs building an app that will be used by a few 1000s. Which one do you think would cost more?
Expertise, and Experience - Experience and expertise go hand in hand, and the cost is proportional. In some cases, the consultation costs from an experienced developer can exceed the development costs of some small time app developers. Therefore look for their experience, and expertise, and try to match it with their costs.
Location of the app developer(s) - An app developer in Ahmedabad will charge much less than what an app developer in California would. India has grown incredibly fast because of it’s skilled workforce, and cheaper costs for operations.
Technical Costs - There are multiple costs associated with app development such as hosting, costs of using APIs or other related costs that are to be borne by the developer. Hence one should account into the costs of development.
There are multiple advantages of an iOS app over a typical website. Some of them are listed as follows -
Security - Apple is very strict with it’s user’s privacy, and that’s a positive signal, as that allows companies, and businesses to establish a higher level of trust through their apps.
Faster and Easier access - It is easier for an user to access an app on their smartphone vs visiting a website on the browser.
Higher Repeat use - An app will bring your user more frequently than a typical website visitor because of their availability on the smartphone.
Offline Usage - Websites cannot function without the internet, but apps that don’t require internet connectivity to run can function seamlessly without internet.
Access to user data through the device - If you compare a website to an app, the app can extract permissions from the user to access data such as geolocation, media files stored on the phone, contacts, etc but a website cannot seek such permissions.
Notifications - App owners can send notifications to engage with their users, whereas for website owners to send notifications, they need to be on their browser and have notifications enabled which is a daunting task and easier for app owners.
Time - Users tend to spend more time on apps, and business conversions, and transactions are higher as compared to website. This explains why brands like Amazon, and Flipkart launched their apps with special offers that weren’t available for websites.
But building an app is too expensive, so creating a website is also a good idea. Actually when starting the business, first you should start with website, so hiring a website developer is also a good idea. And your business is related to buying and selling of the product then hiring a ecommerce developer or freelance Shopify developer would be the best option.
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Can you design and develop an iOS app that fits my budget?
What is the scale at which the app can operate i.e how many users can the iOS app handle simultaneously?
What are the metrics to be measured to check the performance of the app?
Where will my app be hosted? What would be the costs associated? Will the costs be recurring or one time?
What kind of analytics will I receive for my iOS app’s performance?
Do you work on the projects yourself, or do you outsource them? Ideally one shouldn’t.
Do you have a team of designers, and co-developers to work with? Having a full stack developer would be great.
Will the iOS app be developed from scratch or will you use templates?
Do I get access to a dedicated account manager who will guide me through the development cycle of the app?
How much time will it take to complete the app development process?
What are the things needed from my end to start the project?
Will the app follow the best practices for production and adhere to Apple guidelines?
How do you go about incorporating changes in the design?
What hosting services will you use?
Will you train me or my team to maintain and run the app?
Will you provide maintenance, and support after the app is deployed?
What happens if the Apple store bans or de-lists my app. Do you provide support in such cases?