Apples’ iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Application Programming - CLASS 1


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Across this sessions you will learn to develop and deploy mobile applications on Apple´s iPhone, Ipod and iPad.
CLASS 1. Introduction. Mobile Characteristics and Interaction Design Principles.

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Apples’ iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Application Programming - CLASS 1

  1. 1. Apples’ iPhone, iPod touch andiPad Application Programming.In this course you will learn to develop and deploy mobileapplications on Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Prof. Dr. Jan Bochers Florian Heller Leonhard Lichtschlag RWTH AACHEN University Violeta Salas’ Notes April ‘2012 Write down this url to get all slides and lecture videos that are available on iTunesU
  2. 2. Class 1 - IntroductionMobile Characteristics and Interaction DesignPrinciples
  3. 3. Class Goals• Understand the differences between desktop and mobile development.• Look at a software frame work designed from scratch.• Illustrate how established software engineering patterns are applied in the real world.
  4. 4. Format• Lecture – 9:00 to 11:30 am online class. – Reading assignments.• Programming – 4:00 – 6:00 pm. – 7 programming assignments. – Final project with presentation.
  5. 5. Class Topics• Mobile application design principles.• iOS development basics.• View Controllers & Dialogs.• Input techniques.• Networking.• Multimedia.• Performance tweaking (rendimiento).• iPad programming.
  6. 6. Requirements• Oop experience.• No Mac required. – We will supply Macs & Ipods fro the lab.• You must register for this course in Campus.• To apply for the lab spot, you must fill out the onlube survey at
  7. 7. Developing for Mobile PlatformsThe iOS Family Mobile Device Characteristics • Screen size is compact. • Memory is limited. • Users interact with one screen at a time. • Users interact with one application at a time • Onscreen help is minimal. • Context is key (task focus, peripheral use).
  8. 8. 9 Golden Rules of Interface Design(see DIS I)• Keep the interface simple.• Speak the user’s language.• Be consistent and predictable.• Provide feedback.• Minimize memory load.• Avoid errors, help to recover, offer Undo.• Design clear exists and close dialogs.• Include help and documentation.• Offer shortcuts for experts.
  9. 9. Life as an App• The iPhone is an app-centric environment.• One app per task.• Do one thing but do it well.• Data is stored per app.• Data exchange between apps is difficult.• Define the task that users want to accomplish with your app.
  10. 10. Designing the UI• Make it obvious how to use your application.• Sort information from the top to the bottom.• Minimize text input.• Express information succinctly.• Provide fingertip-size targets.
  11. 11. Interaction Design• Multitouch interaction is still new.• Interaction patterns not established yet.• Follow Apple’s examples if possible.• If you use complex gestures, help the user.
  12. 12. Standard Gestures
  13. 13. Designing the UI• Three resolutions: iPhone, iPhone 4(S), iPad(2) – (320*480, 640*960, 1024*768)• Device orientation: – Portrait or landscape.• Designing for the iPad requires more than increasing the resolution.
  14. 14. Example: MailDesktop Iphone version Different design for the same application, it depends of the context.
  15. 15. Example: IPhotoDesktop Iphone version
  16. 16. Starting• Apps should start quickly to provide a fluid user experience.• Show a launch image that closely resembles the first screen of your app.• Restore the state of last run.• By default, launch in portrait orientation.
  17. 17. Stop• No Quit button or menu item.• Be prepared to quit at any time.• Program flow interrupted by external events. – Incoming phone call• Store state when stopping.• Application moved to background.
  18. 18. Application Styles Productivity Utility Immersive
  19. 19. Productivity Applications• Organizing and managing detailed information.• Often organize data hierarchically.• Organizing the list, add or remove items.• Examples: Contacts, Photos.
  20. 20. Utility Applications• Simple task, minimum user input.• Customized, visually attractive UI that enhances the displayed information.• Data is organized in flattened list of items.• Examples: Weather, Stocks. The elements.
  21. 21. Immersive Applications• Full-screen, visually rich UI.• Focussed on content and user experience.• Tends to hide much of the device’s user interface.• Custom navigational methods.• Examples: Living Earth, Carpenter.
  22. 22. iOs Overview
  23. 23. Cocoa Touch Architecture
  24. 24. iPhone OS Frameworks
  25. 25. Summary• Keep hardware restrictions in mind.• Carefully design the user experience.Reading assignment: iPhone Human InterfaceGuidelines.