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Apple celebrated its New Year registering $300 million from in-app purchases and app downloads on the first day of 2018 alone. And there is no reason to expect the rest of the year to be any less dazzling for the smartphone heavyweight. With the iOS apps market being more promising than ever, not heeding the current and emerging trends is the only way you can fail to capitalize on the opportunities. Without wasting time any further, let’s delve into the latest trends that will shape the course of iOS app development through the rest of 2018 and beyond:
Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is essentially a much-advanced form of Machine Learning (ML), is the backbone of virtual personal assistants in vogue today. Whether you want to leverage Siri more effectively or keen on innovating something revolutionary, there is no path to success without incorporating AI and ML in your iOS app development strategy. For instance, Machine Learning is critical if you want to integrate Natural Language Processing (NLP), face detection and tracking, barcode and text detection, image registration, object tracking, landmark detection, and similar functionalities to the process of iOS app development.
The scope of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in iOS app development is seemingly infinite. The craze that Pokemon Go generated has already given us a glimpse of it. Beyond games, the impact of Augmented Reality can also be seen in travel, lifestyle, engineering and tutorial apps. In fact, Apple has made its intention clear about encouraging the development of AR-driven iOS apps. The launch of ARKit (Apple’s AR development platform) along with iOS 11 makes the smartphone behemoth’s intentions clear about encouraging AR-driven iOS apps.
On the other hand, Virtual Reality has been a boon in the automobile, aeronautics, and other core engineering sectors. With giant corporations investing heavily in VR, the technology can only be expected to advance at a much rapid pace.
As mobile applications continue to be the interface between man and machine, app developers are going to have more opportunities than they can handle. In fact, AR/VR are so dynamic in nature that you can aspire to set new trends instead of following one.
Cloud has transformed the way we use computers forever. Cloud made not just infinite storage possible, but a myriad of on-the-go features and services as well. In general, the ios applications that harness Cloud are leading in their respective domains.
In fact, offering just Cloud storage is not enough in 2018—you need to leverage the technology to innovate and improvise in iOS app development.
Despite being one of the youngest programming languages, Swift has got a firm foothold in the iOS app development arena. Its features are robust in functionality yet easier to use than other iOS mobile app development languages. And that is why its popularity is steadily on the rise. Also, Apple is continuously working on improving the language, which assures that more advanced features, with even simpler workflow, can be expected in the future. In fact, Swift 4 is already here—with the bug tracker, smart key paths, source code, enhanced Set types creation, more exhaustive dictionary, exclusive memory access, and mailing features.
In 2018 and beyond, your success in iOS app development field will depend on how extensively you exploit Swift and its ever-growing functionalities.
The Internet of Things (IoT) no longer needs an introduction, nor does its application and impact in the near and distant future need to be highlighted. Smartphones are going to be at the helm of all affairs as they are the most used object for most of us. As IoT continues to connect more household gadgets, new scopes of app development are bound to emerge. Besides, the launch of wearable gadgets has added another dimension to app development landscape. Apple HomeKit is already there, encouraging and facilitating the development of Smart Home apps.
Considering the extent of opportunities available in iOS app development, you have to be on top of the creative-thinking curve to outdo your competitors.
iOS has always been the leader in the mobile app market in terms of revenue generation. Apple encourages and supports the development of premium apps that deliver an outstanding user experience, and its customers are known to readily spend for the apps that impress them. But you need to be predicatively responsive to the latest trends in order to capitalize on the opportunities in the iPhone app development domain. Mentioned above are those five factors that you just cannot ignore if you want to take your business to new heights.