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How To Build An Iphone App

  1. 1. ==== ====If you are really serious about Iphone Apps then go to this site: ====Do you really want to build an iPhone app?This might sound like a daft question at first. But I want to make sure that you have fully exploredyour target audience and considered whether it would be more suitable to launch an app on theBlackberry or Android platform.If you have your mind set on an iPhone app, then I urge you to also consider what happens whenit is a success? Yes, I am assuming that your iPhone application will be a success because theyare growing so rapidly. Will the agency you use be able to launch a similar app on the otherplatforms so as not to alienate consumers? Will you choose to combine your iPhone app withperhaps a mobile website that would allow all other smartphone users to access your content?Search out the iPhone apps you like!I have managed many website and iPhone application projects and one of the mistakes I regularlycome across is managers that are too reliant on the designers. I suggest that as part of your initialbrief you really look into all the different types of iPhone apps that are within your market. If thereare no iPhone apps then simply look at what you like. Consider why one flows better than another,what elements frustrate you and what ideas could you use to build your iPhone app.Understanding Apple Connect for your iPhone ApplicationApple Connect is a website used by your iPhone application developer. It is basically a websitethat holds the details of your app and is used to send your iPhone app binary code to Apple forthem to approve... if you are lucky (Ill get to that in a moment)It is also the place where everything you see on iTunes is managed. So those screen shots yousee for each app, you guessed it, they are uploaded through connect. You may want to go throughconnect with your iPhone app developer just to get used to what you can and cannot do.Pricing your iPhone ApplicationApple operates a tiered pricing structure so all you have to do is select a pricing tier from 1-10 toset your price around the world i.e if it is 59p in the UK then it will automatically be 99 cents in theUS. Again, you can access this with your iPhone developer by visiting Apple Connect.Planning your iPhone app layoutBespoke apps will be much less expensive if you do the ground work. By this I mean work out
  2. 2. exactly what you want and create a work flow diagram. Basically start with a blank picture of aniPhone and sketch in your iPhone app splash screen and homepage. Work out what buttons willgo along the bottom of your iPhone app to create the menu - you can have five buttons.Next, using lots of blank iPhone images, create a hierarchical structure of your iPhone application.By doing this, you can literally show your designer how you want it all to work i.e. click here and itshows this screen or searches this item. Dont worry too much about whether it is technicallypossible as your iPhone app designer will undoubtedly suggest some options for improvement.Once the iPhone app workflow is complete then you and your designer know exactly how the appshould work.Bespoke iPhone Apps Vs Online App BuildersOnly about 12 months ago, if you wanted to build an iPhone app then you had to look for abespoke answer. Today things are rapidly changing and there are a number of US basedcompanies and one UK company offering a build your app online service.The fundamental difference between bespoke iPhone application development and online appbuilders is cost and flexibility. So it all comes down to what do you want your iPhone app to do?and how much do you want to pay?With bespoke iPhone applications you really can create just about anything and there arecompanies or individuals very skilled in this area. So ask yourself what you are trying to achieve.Is it brand building through clever entertainment or are you trying to get content to your customersin order to a) interact with them and build your brand or b) help them through to the final purchaseof your product or service?Think back a few years to the use of flash in website design. I was lucky enough to be part of awebsite pitch to Disney and guess what; we went over the top with flash. Incidentally we won thecontract, however soon there were full flash websites everywhere. Today it is very much adifferent story, for most websites the number one objective is to get content across quickly andefficiently and in a manner that customers are used to, so for example, having the menu on the topor the left hand side of your webpage. Flash is now used predominantly in other areas to add tothe overall user experience.So for what might be classed as utility iPhone apps stick to the rules and always think about thecontent you are trying to deliver.Online iPhone App BuilderThe main thing that you need to consider when using an online app builder is will it deliver whatyour customer needs? Can an online iPhone app builder offer your customer everything that theyrequire without you having to spend anywhere between £3000 and £20000 plus, building abespoke iPhone application!Most online app builders allow you try them for free for either a set time or until you publish yourapp.
  3. 3. iPhone App Download RestraintsYour iPhone application needs to be less than 10mbs if you want users to be able to download itfrom their phone via a standard connection i.e. not wi-fi.If you are developing an iPhone game application of sorts then you are likely to go over this limit,however for an iPhone business application, then ideally try to keep it under 10mbsiPhone ContentIf you read only one piece of text in this whole document, make sure you read this next part whichlooks at iPhone app content and the importance it has in getting your iPhone application signed offby Apple.When you set about building your iPhone application the first thing you need to realise is thatcontent is vital. Lets take entertainment and games out of the equation for a moment because bytheir very nature they are highly likely to get signed off. So lets concentrate on building a utility orbusiness iPhone application.Whatever you do, dont build it just because everyone else is. Build it with your customer in mind.Do your customers already view your products online, are they interested in your news, do theyvisit your website to access content that is not available elsewhere, can you help your customerswith a problem, do you want to find out what your customers think? These are just some of thequestions you should consider when building your iPhone application.Like any marketing or communication tool...building an iPhone application only works as anentertainment gimmick on rare occasions. For 99% of us, it has to serve a real purpose.What we do know however is that your customers want information, news, products or promotionsin the palm of their hand and with an iPhone app you have the perfect marketing tool from them toaccess your content and interact with your company.The Cost to build an iPhone ApplicationA bespoke app can cost anywhere from £3000 to £20000 upwards. The price of bespokeiPhone application development is decreasing as more and more as iPhone applicationdevelopers enter the market.Building an iPhone app online costs anywhere from between $10 -$100 per month rental in the USan around £45 per month in the UK.Submitting your iPhone AppWhen your iPhone app is submitted to Apple for approval you can expect to hear whether it hasbeen approved or rejected after 1 or 2 weeks. If it has been rejected than Apple will give you someindication as to what needs to be improved before you can submit your app again.You will have to work with your developer to asses and fix the problem.
  4. 4. I hope that you find some of the information useful and good luck.James Scott is a Markerting Director within the iPhone Development market. For More informationon iPhone Development visit Source: ====If you are really serious about Iphone Apps then go to this site: ====