Many analysts forecast a decline in iPhone sales in 2019. But a research paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that 69.1 percent of people who own an iPhone are predictive of having a high income. The people using the iPhone and iPad are more likely to spend money on in-app purchases, mobile games, and mobile commerce transactions. Apple recently revised App Store Guidelines to allow iOS app users to gift in-app purchases to their friends.
The information suggests that iOS apps will remain more profitable than Android apps. But the trends in iOS app development will keep changing at a rapid pace. You can no longer keep users engaged and generate revenue by only targeting the latest version of iOS. You have to make the iOS app stand out in the crowd by including a set of out-of-box features. Also, you need to keep in mind these features while developing new iOS apps and updating existing iOS app.
1. Native Platform Features
The cross-platform mobile app development frameworks enable developers to build iOS apps with a single and shared codebase. Many developers even leverage the tools to write iOS apps in their preferred programming language. But you must remember that the hybrid apps often do not exploit the capacities of iOS platform fully. Also, most cross-platform mobile app development tools do not support the new features provided by the latest version of iOS quickly. Hence, you need to write native mobile apps in Swift. It is also important to accelerate native app development using the right iOS app development tools.
2. Siri Integration
A large percentage of iOS and watchOS users nowadays access Siri on a daily basis. They use the AI-powered assistant to interact with their devices and perform various tasks through voice commands. Apple has made it easier for developers to integrate Siri with its iOS apps by providing Sirikit. You can leverage Siri to make your iOS app trendy. However, you need to ensure that the users can access various features of the mobile app by giving voice commands. You also need to use Siri Shortcut to suggest shortcuts to the actions the user wants to perform using the app.
3. Augmented Reality (AR) Experience
Virtual reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies are all set to transform iOS app development. Apple has been updating ARKit regularly to help developers to create innovative AR apps for the iPhone and iPad. You can build new generation AR apps by leveraging the new features provided by ARKit 2 – camera screen capturing, device motion tracking and advanced scene processing. You can even combine the features provided by ARKit to make outstanding simulated environment apps.
4. Cloud Integration
IOS 12 enables users to overcome storage space constraints on their iPhone and iPad using a cloud-based file management app. The app stores all user data in a single file. The users can access the file anytime and anywhere over the internet. You must embed cloud storage solutions in the new iOS app to make it easier for users to access and manage their information. However, you need to ensure that the app allows users to transfer pictures, videos, music, and documents in a single cloud-based folder.
5. Core Machine Learning
Apple enables you to build faster and more responsive iOS apps using Core Machine Learning (CoreML) framework. Many developers already leverage the framework to build apps that are highly responsive and deliver the richer user experience. While building a new mobile app, you can integrate CoreML seamlessly with Siri, QuickType, and iPhone camera. The integration will help you to beat the competition by launching an artificial intelligence (AI) - enabled apps and games. They apps or games will boost user experience by accessing voice recognition and face detection services.
6. Apple Pay
The iOS app cannot keep users engaged by allowing them to choose from a variety of payment options – net banking, debit cards, credit cards, mobile wallets, and third-party payment solutions. But a number of studies suggest a consistent increase in a number of transactions on Apple Pay. The iOS app uses the digital wallet provided by Apple frequently for online shopping, bank transactions, can booking, food ordering, and table reservation. Also, Apple has been updating its digital wallet consistently to keep financial transactions fast, secure, and hassle-free. While building a new iOS app you must allow users to use Apple Pay seamlessly.
Overall, the trends in iOS app development keep changing at a rapid pace. Each new version of iOS transforms mobile app development by providing new native-only features. Hence, it becomes essential for both businesses and app publishers to update their mobile apps according to the emerging iOS app development trends.