You have got your app idea and even decided which platform to work with first, and you're ready to dig in the development phase. What steps are next, what you need to do to make it happen?
Here is a step-by-step look at the complete life cycle of an iOS app, right from discovery to the submission process.
1) Discovery: Before any production work can begin your app idea, a discovery phase is an important step. By gathering information and nailing down objectives, you will have a clear idea of what problems you're trying to solve. Along with this, this is also a time to see what is trending in the market, identify your targeted audience and pull together any market research pertinent to the project.
2) Concept: With the help of a product manager, this is when you can really refine your idea, get a skilled and experienced developer to weigh in on the app's functionality, write up a specification document.
3) Wire-frames: Once the tech specification doc is defined, its time to consider about the wire-frames. Wire-frames mainly act as a user experience (UX) roadmap- showing what a user's option will be and an information architecture that details which part of the site will have what content. A good wireframe mainly depends on excellent UX/UI design, so hire the best designer who can help you think through a natural flow of your iOS app.
4) Design & architecture: In this phase, you will want to consider a few different angels: creating an appealing visual design, an intuitive UI, and an engaging UX. A designer will create the look and feel of each app screen with all the graphics and animations that will visually define your app.
Architecting an app is also one of the crucial steps at this phase that could prevent you from having to completely rewrite it when it needs to grow.
5) Front-end and Back-end coding: This is the most complex phase of the entire process. Both the front and back end architecture of your app is built as a coordinated effort. While the front-end involves making decisions about how your app's functions will come to life. On the other hand, the back-end includes programming and creating a database, APIs, middleware, etc. which are coded and integrated into this phase.
6) Testing: Though quality assurance testing is up next. Apple's submission and approval are more difficult than Google's so this phase is very important. You’ll need to test across different devices (iPhone, iWatch, iPad, iTouch) as things like battery life, screen resolution, processors, and memory will be different and affect how your app runs.
7) Submission: When the app development is completed and has been tested properly, it's time to publish the app to the iOS store. This would allow your application to be downloaded by the public from iTunes.
Developing an iOS app is an ongoing process—they’re never really finished, even if you’re not adding any new features. the app always requires some maintenance, bug fixing, and updates that make developing an application a living, breathing project.