One of the most popular names of the Mobile Ecosystem is without doubt “Apple” where:
- Apple is the second-largest Smartphone vendor in the world
- Apple’s App Store remained the second-largest app store with 2.2 million apps
The above stats and the fact that iPhone and its applications constitutes the major part of this industry investing in iOS app development is probably the most appropriate decision you will ever make for your app idea. In addition to these figures, one of the most convincing reasons for going with iOS is its loyal customer base. Hence, if you are considering iOS Application development for your next app then below are some trends to look out for in the coming year of 2018:
With the introduction of Core ML (and its amazing Machine learning models) development of intelligent apps has become quite easy. The developers would just have to write few lines of codes to develop an app where they can add stunning features like face tracking, barcode detection, etc.
The availability of so many frameworks for the developers would make the development of intelligent apps prominent in the coming year.
AR apps with ToolKit
After Apple’s launch of the ARkit, developers can now easily create AR experiences for iPad and iPhone users. Using this framework, developers can create highly interactive apps (interacting with the real world in many different ways). This toolkit will be compatible with iOS 11 (and the future versions of it) but there are many AR SDKs available which can be used by the developers to enhance user experience through apps.
Moreover, with the new App store update, users can sort out the apps that are categorized under AR apps making it easier for them to locate their preferred app.
Cross-Platform Native App Development
Along with iOS the other dominant platform in the market is Android and as both the platforms cover a wide user base it sometimes becomes challenging for the entrepreneurs and app developers to choose between both of them. And here is where cross-platform app development gets into the picture. From large enterprises to start-ups, all who wants to target both the platforms are considering to venture into cross-platform app development.
When it comes to cross-platform native app development, Xamarin and React Native are the most popular development platforms (when compared to Native & Hybrid). It not only offers better app performance but also the cost effectiveness. Hence, it can be said that a number of enterprise apps can get developed for cross platforms in the year 2018.
The most significant release by Apple this year is their latest version of WatchOS 4 where they have made the apps faster and responsive (like never before). The new WatchOS is no longer bound to just workout or fitness apps instead a number of apps can be kept running in the background now. Different types of apps (navigation, public transit, etc.) can be integrated into this new OS version of Apple Watch. Hence, integration of more apps can be expected in the upcoming year of 2018.
iPad App Development
According to stats:
- iPad sales generated more than 4.83 billion U.S. dollars in the fourth quarter of 2017
- Apple’s App Store has more than 2.2 million iOS applications in their app store out of which 1 million are native iPad apps
- In the third quarter of 2017, Apple’s tablet shipments were at around 10.3 million units
- In the third quarter of 2017, the number of iPad units sold worldwide was 11.4
Considering the above facts we can say that the demand for iPad units and iPad apps are only going to rise with time and the coming year also we can expect a high demand in the domain of iPad app development.
Hence, if you are considering to venture into iPhone application development in India then you must keep up with the latest trends of iOS even for the upcoming year of 2018 as the domain of iOS would have a lot to offer in the near future.