If you are considering developing a business application to make your team members more productive, to share data and information while employees are out of the office or to complement and engender workflow or process improvements, there are a lot of reasons to choose the iPhone environment for your mobile application. In this article, we look at three reasons a business should consider iPhone as the primary platform for its mobile application development.
‘The iPhone development and test environment provides many tools so developers always have support. ’
iPhone Developers work with the latest technologies to design and create business and commercial applications that serve the market and meet user expectations. In the business world, users want ease-of-use and look for ways to get the job done more quickly and accurately in order to fulfill their roles and responsibilities. iPhone mobile applications can support all kinds of business needs.
Here are three reasons to choose the iPhone environment for your business mobile application:
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – Many businesses (especially small to medium (SME) sized enterprises, count on team members to use their own devices for work. The BYOD approach allows users to leverage familiar devices and enables the business to stay connected without having to purchase expensive devices for business use only. Even in an environment where business users have access to business-owned assets and devices, their own smart phone or mobile device is always with them and can be used to satisfy business needs while out of the office or on the road. The iPhone is the most ubiquitous of smart phones. As of January 2021, Apple reports over one billion (that’s billion with a B) active iPhone users around the world. Choosing the iPhone as a primary platform for your business application will support user adoption and encourage use of the app across devices within and outside the walls of the business.
Integration Opportunities – The iPhone development environment supports audio and video applications, GIS and GPS, email, calendar and organizer applications, integration with enterprise applications, social networking integration, mobile content management systems (CMS), applications that require RFID, Bluetooth, barcode scanning and data synchronization and integration with smart watches and other devices. Most business applications require integration with data sources and supporting or complementary functionality like web services, mapping or content management. The iPhone development environment supports these and other features and functionality and will ensure a rich, seamless operation across platforms and data sources.
Development and Upgrade – Expert iPhone developers can leverage tools and development support to create appropriate user experience (Ux), to design architecture, to test and, as appropriate configure and add the mobile application to the iPhone App store for download by team members. Development for the Apple iOS (operating system) is enabled by The iOS SDK (iOS Software Development Kit) which allows for the development of mobile apps on the iOS. iPhone developers can use an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) like AppCode, XCode, Atom, Fabric or TestFlight to name a few. These IDEs provide an interface to design, develop, write code and debug applications for iOS. An IDE provides the basic tools to write and test software, to identify and resolve errors, to compare and edit code within files, to assign and manage team members for testing, to test on various versions of iOS, and to compile and debug using a graphical user interface (GUI) so expert developers can work quickly and efficiently. The Apple product and supporting iOS are never static; there is always an upgrade arriving or in the offing so iPhone developers are assured that the environment will be flexible and appropriate for mobile application upgrades as business requirements change.
The iPhone development and test environment provides many tools and an Apple Developer Program so developers always have support. This program provides answers and expertise to iPhone developers throughout the testing and application distribution process and provides technical support as required.
‘The iPhone is the most ubiquitous of smart phones. As of January 2021, Apple reports over one billion (that’s billion with a B) active iPhone users around the world.’