iPhone and android apps originate just from an idea or thought. The fact is iPhone or Android apps can be easily created by people who are either experts in software development as well as those who are not. Till now, however, for those who have been outside the software development community, the process has remained a mystery.
Whether you are an expert in software development or not, you can with a simple plan have the ability to develop an app, market it and reap the potential benefits of being in the exploding iPhone and android app marketplace. The following is an overview of some important steps that you may want to consider if you want to know how to make a successful iPhone app:
The very first question that needs to be addressed is whether your idea solves a certain problem, or caters to a certain need of a specific audience. In short, your idea should have a clear objective in mind. Check out the market. Go to the Apple app store. Look around and take a look at the competition. What are the best features of current apps? What are they lacking? Check out user forums and chat rooms. If in your market overview, you find there are no apps that do what you want to do ..that’s great! But now the next question is "why?"…Is there a real market for it? In simple terms, now you need to do some serious "homework”.
Following is the list that will help you build your app:
Everyone is good at something…Few people, if any, are good at everything further you need to manage your time and focus. Building an app is very similar to starting a new business.
At first, you will play many different roles like project manager, venture fund manager, technician, programmer, tester, advertiser, etc. There is no doubt that you can probably play all these roles very well but think about the time and effort that you will spend in doing this. This is precisely the reason why you must define the role or roles that you are best at and delegate the other tasks to other professionals. While hiring contractors, remember to do have an NDA by your side. This will ensure two things; one is that the contractor will not "steal" your idea and the other is that they will take your idea and business approach more seriously.
Again, study other apps that are available on the Apple store as well at the Android Play Store. Study them, not to copy them, but to ensure that you do not repeat the same mistakes that others have already made. Every entrepreneur must be aware of what to do and what not to do. Learn from other people’s mistakes. It certainly is a lot cheaper than “funding” your own mistakes. This will go a long way in saving both your investment as well as your time.
There are many distinct features offered by iPhone to its users like accelerometer, pinch, swiping features, rotate etc. Try to play with some apps available on iPhone and list down the features that you loved the most and want to incorporate in your app.
Sketch your concept in writing. Make a flow chart on not only why someone would want your app but how they would use it. This is particularly important if your app is a game. Draw your characters and objects from your imagination onto paper which will help you visualize your concepts. Add color to it. Then start designing your characters in the digital world using a program like GUI Photoshop by Apple for iPhone. Assemble Your Team and Move Forward:
Now that you have your concept flushed out. Get your team together. Have them sign their respective NDA’s and any contractor agreements then move forward. As you move forward, continuously reassess, test and adjust. The last step is to submit your app to Apple for publishing and then promote it over the internet.
As always, the devil is in the details. You may want to check out some of the reference materials here to assist you in moving forward but in any event….Enjoy YOUR journey!
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