Since the release of the first iPhone, the mobile application market has seen an unprecedented growth. In 2014, smartphone usage has exceeded desktop usage for the first time in history, and stats show that mobile users spend most of their time within applications. Moreover, with the launch of Apple Pay, iPhone manufacturer has gained access to billions of credit cards of smartphone users from all around the world. Sounds incredible, right?
Why Apps Are So Popular?
Where to Start?
Types of Smartphone Applications
You can create a basic application using a hierarchical model. For example, you have big topics on the opening screen and when you open one, the new sets of topics of a lower level appear. The iPhone’s email list is organised on the basis of this principle. This is without a doubt the easiest type of application to develop and design and will be a good choice for enterprises who are looking forward to create a simple application which purpose is to provide the users with some sort of information. With the help of a professional app designer, it will not be hard to make such an application work for your success.
Database driven apps
This is not exactly a specific type of mobile app, but it certainly deserves to be mentioned on the list. Do you have a great amount of content that you would like to use? Imagine that you have dozens of car models that you need to organise and display in a different way? You can do it utilising a slightly different approach than a basic table architecture. The development of such types of in the app itself or in an online web service. Read further to get more information about this type.
The selection of games is endless, from really simple apps like Tetris to extremely complicated ones with nonlinear storylines and outstanding 3D graphics like Need for Speed or Shadow Fight. Passing through levels, controlling your character through tilting the device in different directions and getting to the top of the Game category of App Store is hard but possible. You just need an in depth knowledge of the mobile gaming market and keep abreast of the latest technologies.
Updates or customesed apps
This type of apps means that you create an application as a more advanced substitute for certain features of your mobile phone like camera, launcher, alarm, calendar or flashlight. A great example of such an app is VSCO app that enables you to take pictures, edit them, adding multiple filters and adjusting various settings, and store them in photo albums created within the app.
Fully dynamic application
Like database driven apps, dynamic applications rely on the information from external sources - some examples are Twitter, AccuWeather, Flipboard, etc.
Customisable tools and other apps
The purpose of these apps are to let the users create their unique content. The example of such applications are Pages, Numbers, Adobe Illustrator Draw, etc. There are lots of other apps that offer unique experiences and do not fit into the categories listed above, but these are the major types that cover around 90% of all apps available in app stores.
What Type to Choose?
Stages of App Development
iPhone App Development Cost
- Basic apps with table functionality - $1000-4000. If you want to keep the cost of such a project at the minimum, provide the developers with the content, give them clear requirements about what you want your app to look like and show them a couple of examples of existing apps with a similar functionality. It will be even better if you know how to use Photoshop, in this case you will be able to supply the images for the project and probably cap it at $1500. It will cost you extra if you want your application to be integrated with social networks, track geopositioning or use other advanced technologies.
- Database driven app - $8000-$50000. Once again, if you want the cost to be as low as possible, supply every piece of content, sound, video, image, etc. However, the cost will be higher anyway, because the developer will have to create the logic behind the app, as well as design its architecture, usability and interaction. Such applications typically require a lot of front-end programming, because they are mostly driven by data - that is why the framework is all-important.
- Mobile games - $10000-$250000. The hardest project to tackle. For example, Angry Birds cost Rovio approximately $140000 and generated more than $150 mln in profits. The programmers experienced in game development know for sure - if you want your app to be cool, for example, use a gyroscope to control the action of your character or a car in case of a racing game, only the code will cost you no less than $125000 without a doubt - and you will need a lot more features. Even if you try to design it as simple as possible, games can be tricky and quickly get more complex than you expect. You will need to integrate it to the game center, record top scores, create an online community and so on. However, the game has more chances to pay for itself if it is engaging and creative.