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iOS App Development Trends to Watch Out in 2018

In today’s digital age, the market for smartphones especially Apple’s iPhone is expanding quite rapidly. The huge demand for iPhones is due to the fact that Apple uses cutting edge technology to develop the iPhone. Also there has been several latest trends in iOS App Development which create amazingly useful iOS apps. Apple has launched lots of dynamic changes in the year 2017 thus the iOS developer also needs to make some changes in their development strategies. To adjust itself to the latest market trends, Apple has made a lots of changes in it’s standards and processes.

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If you are an iOS App Development Company then you should carefully go through these latest trends and use them while developing iOS apps. In this article we have listed some of the recent trends in iOS App development which will be prevalent in 2018.

  • Augmented Reality

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple has been talking about Augmented reality since the start of last year. Hence it is expected that along with GPS this will be a hot trend in 2018 and in the years to come. This technology is fast changing the entire landscape of the gaming industry and now starts entering into other industries as well such as travel, retail and the service industry. Apple has launched the ARKit which is aimed at bringing the most advanced AR experience to iPhone and iPad. Using the new features like embedded systems, processor, Artificial Intelligence, Sensors and others, the next generation mobile apps will show the compelling and attractive virtual content in the actual world.

  • Improved Security Features

If you are an iOS Development Company then you must have realized till now how much important are the security features for the iOS apps. The security of the iOS Apps, the data and the iPhones have become the biggest concern in the recent past. Although the smartphone users still don’t take security aspect as more seriously, the app developers should actually provide the inbuilt security features for the users. App Transport Security (ATS) has made it necessary for the iOS applications to prove their security features. Apple is providing inbuilt security features of iPhones with each of its new update. The iOS developers and the future apps need to remain in line with the standards and processes of Apple to remain most secure.

  • iWearables

In 2017, there has been a high increase in the number of iWatches which has given a go ahead for such wearable in the future. The demand and development of such devices like smart glasses and other wearable applications is on the rise. With the demand for mobile e-commerce the concern of security remains. Hence the iOS developers need to provide required security features in the apps. As the cost of feature rich wearables is decreasing, it will boost their demand in 2018.

  • Cloud Computing

Creation of apps based on Cloud computing is one of the latest trends in both Android as well as iPhone apps. The apps in future need to efficiently utilize the handheld app features along with cloud incorporation. The cloud based apps will reduce the size of the application and uplift the memory limit in the gadgets. These kind of apps are popular among individual as well as among large organizations as using cloud  technology they can provide better customer and employee satisfaction.

  • IoT app Integration

Although it is taking little time but the IoT industry is in the middle of a major boom. IoT refers to the internet of things which involves data transfers and communication between devices using internet. The number of IoT developers is increasing at very fast rate and in the year 2018 their number is going to go even further up. With the growth in the advanced technology, the iOS app development for IoT devices will evolve a lot. Such integration require the use of complex mobile platform and strong back-end infrastructure that can communicate as well as share data between devices. Also the efficient use of data analytics is key in this process.

Conclusion

We have just discussed the major trends in iOS app development which will lead the market in 2018 and in coming years. The mobile commerce and other mobile apps are set to come into the mainstream with new features. Security will remain the key while apps related to AI, IoT, AR, VR will be on the rise. Contact any professional iOS app development company if you want an iOS app with latest features and trends.

Things to Know About the iOS 11.0.3 Update

On 11 Oct 2017, Apple released the third update of iOS 11 i.e. iOS 11.0.3. Although it doesn’t bring major changes or new features but has many improvements. This update serves iPhone 5 and above models, iPad Air and above, iPad mini 2 and above. This update also works well with iPod Touch 6. Notifications have been sent to all the compatible devices automatically. But if you somehow didn’t get the notification to update, you can trigger it manually by going to the Settings > General > Software Update. Take a proper backup of your device before updating it in order to avoid a situation when something goes wrong. The size of the update varies from device to device. Generally, this point release is about 300 MB and would be bit heavier for bigger devices and lighter for smaller devices.

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The iOS app Development companies were waiting for some new features but as iOS 11.0.3 is a minor release hence there are minor issues fixed only. The iOS 11.0.3 mainly resolves the issues related to audio and haptic feedback for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It has even resolved the issue of unresponsive displays with iPhone 6s. This also goes for the iPhone devices which were not serviced with genuine parts.

This new update tries to offer fixes to the issues which are there since the launch of iOS 11 but this issue doesn’t resolve the other peripheral issues faced by iPhone users like the major issue related to shorter battery life and the issue of getting so many notifications at the time of reboot of iPhone. Hence it looks like this new update focuses more on the low issues and there has nothing been done to fix issues which are harder comparatively. We can expect the solution to these issues in the future update of iOS by Apple.

If you are using iOS 10 then you can see lots of new things but if you are upgrading from iOS 11 to iOS 11.0.3 then you won’t find many changes as even the security features remain the same.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we can say that there are small changes for the users from the update point of view but there is not much for the iOS app developers as it won’t make any difference on the development front. We expect the major release of iOS 11.1 will bring major changes and updates in the development process including updates related to security and utility. It looks like iOS 11.1 will be a fresh start for iOS 11 and will offer new features for users as well as for the developers.

Features of Apple iOS 11 which are Game Changer for iPhone users

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Apple’s iOS11 has been released to the public, for iPhone and iPad users on 19th Sept 2017. This is a major update which has brought so many new features like Better maps, multi-lingual Siri, Easy Wi-Fi sharing, Redesigned control center, Do Not Disturb While Driving, a new Lock Screen, new App Store, new Files app and much more. iOS 11 has a major focus for iPad with new ways to share data and multitask with Drag and Drop, upgraded Split View and a new Dock. In this article, I will write about some of the new features in iOS 11. Most of the iOS devices which run iOS 10 can upgrade to iOS 11 for free. The new iPhone 8 and iPhone X come with preinstalled iOS 11 and have some unique features to take full advantage of the improved hardware. An iOS 11 starts a 64 bit only software era.

With this release of new iOS 11 OS, the iOS App Development companies need to upgrade their developer’s skills which will ultimately give more power to iPhone developers to build more powerful apps. There is a link to some best quality iOS development work here. You can contact them if you like their work.
If you want to upgrade to iOS 11 then go to open Settings > General > Software Update. Also either you should be plugged in or have at least 50% battery power for the update process to start.

What’s new in iOS 11?

iOS 11 offers many new features for iOS users with a special focus on iPad with more way to multitask and use iOS on the big screen. There are many things which are common to both iPhone and iPad.

  • Augmented Reality (AR)

With iOS 11 release, iOS developers got more power to build AR apps. Google and Amazon have been doing lots of research in AR. With iOS11 Apple will also not be lagged behind rather with the AR toolkit lined up in iOS 11 Apple will surpass both Google and Amazon. Actually, AR is a technology which avails the partial reality experience. The best example of AR is the game Pokemon Go. But Pokemon Go is also just a start while Apple is trying to expand the boundaries and taking it to next level by making it available for third-party developers. AR toolkit will unlock the powers of millions of iOS developers to have the AR experience smoothly. iOS 11 will help in integrating digital objects along with the information on your surrounding and taking your app out of the screen to allow them to connect with the real world in amazing ways. 3D model can be build up of the user’s surroundings and then the app will put up virtual objects on the display of the iOS device.

  • Apple Pay – You can pay someone through iMessage

Apply Pay was already super convenient but with iOS 11, iPhone users can send money to each other through iMessage, using credit or debit cards in their virtual wallet. This is quite useful. The thing of this situation, you and your friend did dinner together and you don’t have change and you want to pay to your friend. You just have to tap the icon, enter the amount, sync with Touch ID and you are done.

  • No more searching for passwords – share WiFi access with ease

iOS 11 will spare you the tedious process of hunting for their network password each time you want to grant access to your friends. You can press an iPhone or iPad running iOS11 against another device which is already logged in and a request for access is sent to the logged in user. Then they can easily send the WiFi password to the new device with a single tap. There is no need to scrabble behind the router.

  • Control Center customization

In iOS 11, the control center is getting a new look with extra functionality. You can customize the screen to your needs with extra widgets and buttons. For e.g. A home control which dims the lights or a button for Apple TV. Now you can make it like pretty busy and you also have the option to keep it clean and simple if you like.

  • With iOS 11, Siri is smarter

Siri is getting a more natural sounding voice with iOS 11 update. To make Siri sound like an AI from the future, Apple gave it a way to say the same word with different tones. Siri is also boosting its contextual learning. Siri is on more than 375 million devices and is in more languages than any other personal assistant. Apple is using deep learning for a quick translation. If you want to order an authentic dish in Chinese then Siri can say it for you.

Conclusion

iOS 11 is another eagerly waited and very much welcomed free update for iPhone and iPad user base. Although the big features are reserved for iPad only but there are many things which we have discussed above are for all iOS users. Overall, iOS 11 is a great update for iPhone and a fantastic one for iPad with so many new features to boost productivity.

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