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iOS App Development - Changing Over the Next 5 Years

iOS App Development is changing dramatically and developers need to be prepared.

Guest Post by: Michael Kelley, Tech Writer & Content Strategist @ Fueled, NYC

iOS app developmentThe fact that iOS app development will totally change over the next five years is not just good news; it is fantastic news because, let’s face it, iPhone app development really needs to evolve or the magic that Steve Jobs created will eventually disappear forever.

Why Exactly Does iOS App Development Need to Change?  

First off, iOS app developers have got to understand that a change is needed not just for some generic reason such as that tech will undoubtedly change over the next five years. These iOS app developers need to acknowledge that iOS 13 is indeed on the nigh, and, make no mistake about it, the impact of this new operating system will be a major force that iOS app developers will have to embrace for years to come.  

Now, while iOS app developers really should already be familiar with the iOS 13 rumors that have been floating around the web for months now, not everyone is. But since Apple did indeed officially introduce its newest operating system just a short time ago, June 3, 2019, there is no excuse for iOS app developers not to get up to speed with it.

iOS 13 is Here

iOS 13 Rumored Factual Features

Of course, all iOS app developers already intuitively know that there will be some mighty pretty bells and whistles. For example, the yet-to-be-released operating system will load apps up to twice as quickly, come with swipe typing (odd it took this long, eh?), and sport a map that will be even more detailed and quicker than the current Apple map.

However, in my opinion, the greatest upgrades that iOS will offer will be the way it will automate and integrate apps and functions with one another while also making iPhones and tablets more secure than ever before. Its new Dark Mode, perfect for low-light settings, integrates with apps and system views. Text messages will integrate with your reminders so that you and your crew can all be on the same schedule with just a tap of a button.      

Security-wise, the Sign In With Apple function will let users sign in to apps and websites just using Face ID or Touch ID. Gone will be the days of creating new passwords or filling out tedious forms. Moreover, iOS 13 offers two-factor authentication and the option to keep your email address from apps of your choosing. While this is great news for iPhone users, iOS app developers may not be fans since an email address does have a value.      

Apple Trends over the Next 5 Years iOS App Developers Must Know

iOS Trends: Security

As mentioned above, Apple is a trend setter when it comes to building secure phones and devices. This is something that all iOS app developers must acknowledge. Apple only wants to offer apps that are secure, that offer layers of security, and that offer a safe environment for all so these are the type of apps that iOS app developers must build.  

iOS Trends: IoT

Everyday, the world becomes a bit more connected thanks to the fabulous Internet of Things. This is no surprise to any iOS app developer anywhere. But what might be a surprise is just how much is being spent on IoT. It is predicted that from 2015 to 2020, the amount spent on IoT in discrete manufacturing will jump from $10 billion a year to $40 billion, while similar increases are expected in the IoT for utilities and transportation and logistics. The Iot spending for the business-to-customer industry will leap from $5 billion to $25 billion, healthcare from $5B to $15B, and retail from $2B to $12B.      

iOS Trends: Siri

Siri already kicks butt. According to Loup Ventures, in a test last year, Siri correctly answered questions 79% of the time and understood 99% of all queries. This tops Alexa’s 61% and 98% and Cortana’s 52% and 98%. When this type of accuracy is teamed with Apple’s Sirikit, iOS app developers can create some magical apps. We need to expect Siri to become more naturally integrated into our everyday lives each and every year.      

The Future for iOS App Developers Will Amaze us All

I feel that at any point since Steve Jobs dropped that first iPhone back in dark ages of 2007, we could have said the future is going to be amazing. And, though the smartphone market has matured over the past 12 years, this is exactly what I am saying now: the future for iOS developers and iPhone users alike will be incredible.

Siri is just going to keep on improving, the IoT will change just about everything, and all of our Apple phones and devices will seamlessly become even more integral and natural parts of who we are and what we do.   

Preparing for New iOS Versions

AlphaSWCorp Logo TransparentWith today's changing mobile landscape, new smartphone features and security vulnerabilities, developers must make sure their iOS apps are always up-to-date and working on any mobile device, regardless of an operating system update. At the same time, developers want to make sure their apps take advantage of the latest capabilities and features, as soon as they're available..

Alpha Software products produces apps that are responsive on all mobile devices and mobile operating systems.  Mobile business apps built with Alpha technology always keep up with the latest operating system updates and security enhancements. Developers building in Alpha can be confident their apps work with the latest operating system updates and leverage the new capabilities offered. Learn more.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
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Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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