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Top 5 iPhone Apps of 2014 that has Boosted Marketing Efforts of Organizations

The huge popularity of mobile devices has completely transformed the marketing landscape for businesses. An organization has option to use several mobile apps to boost its marketing efforts. These iPhone apps make it easier for a business to promote its products or services, attract and interact with customers, keep them engaged, and retain them. At the same time, there are several innovative apps that help organizations in making marketing tools and data available to its marketing staff regardless o their current location. If you are looking for iPhone apps to boost your organization’s marketing efforts, it is time to have a look at some of the top applications of 2014 for marketers. Continue reading Top 5 iPhone Apps of 2014 that has Boosted Marketing Efforts of Organizations

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Promising future for app developers with Apple’s Swift

Apple has spent several years in making of Swift. Apple put down the foundation for Swift in order to improve the current compiler, debugger, and also framework structure. The memory management has been made easier with Automatic Reference Counting (ARC). The framework stack, designed on the strong base of Foundation and Cocoa, and also been modernised and standardised all around. Objective-C alone has developed to support blocks, collection literals, as well as modules, allowing framework adopting of latest language technologies with no interruption. Continue reading Promising future for app developers with Apple’s Swift

5 top must have iPad applications

iPad is considered to be the one of most software-rich tablets and those who have newly bought this gadget would obviously want to install a lot of great applications. iPads are in fact preferred by many people for entertainment. The iTunes store is a treasure-trove of many apps for that purpose only; there are a variety of games as well as entertainment apps to divert people. The main difference between iOS and the other platforms is the sheer range of available apps; almost all of them are hand-picked as well as selective which makes it very difficult for first-time users to pick which one to install. With the price constraints it is not possible to install all the apps that come our way. So here is a list of top 5 applications which are must haves. Gaming or social apps have not been included in this list.

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Flipboard- Most people love to stay connected with the outside world at all times; this is mostly achieved by keeping track of the news as well as updates of events happening around the world. With Flipboard those people get their very own social news magazine. News as well as updates of events all across the globe is made available at a single place. The main attribute of this application is that all the favourite news sources are put in a beautiful layout to turn them into a digital magazine.

1Password- Security is an extremely important as well as non-negotiable aspect which makes it necessary to give certain passwords. 1Password helps you in this respect by creating unique as well as strong passwords for each site; it even remembers them on your behalf so that you are not burdened with them. All you need is just a single tap to log into the sites. A Master Password protects everything in the password vault and this password will be known only by the user. In case the device gets stolen or lost then its Auto-Lock feature helps protect the vault.

Netflix- This entertainment app is the perfect solution for those TV as well as movie loving people who unfortunately do not have enough time to catch them. With Netflix, the leading subscription service of the world they can watch movies along with TV episodes on the go. The best experience is delivered anytime, anywhere with a huge, growing number of titles. Those who have Netflix membership can enjoy the app for free. Those who have not become members yet can sign up to start enjoying a one-month trial for free on the phone immediately.

Quickoffice- This application is perfect for those workaholics who do not like to waste even a second of their time. Now you can create along with edit Microsoft Office presentations, documents and spreadsheets on iPad. After signing in with a Google Account, Google Drive is where all the work of not more than 15GB can be saved. You can then access the files from whichever computer or mobile device that you want. Other actions include attaching files to mails and opening as well as viewing PDF files.

Google Maps- Make navigation easier and faster through Google Maps which helps you find the best places in a town. Get all the information that you need to reach the given destinations. The GPS navigation is voice-guided with transit maps as well as directions. You can navigate through the best routes accompanied by automatic rerouting and live traffic condition reporting. Another interesting feature is the Street View along with indoor imagery which gives images of museums, restaurants, etc.

This list is just the tip of the iceberg, attempting to show which apps will be beneficial to most people in general. For other applications which are focused and caters to specific requirements of an individual, there is a vast array of options available in iTunes store.

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Features of iOS 7.1 that developers are talking about

The seventh generation iPod, iPhone and iPad operating system of Apple has received a major update through iOS 7.1 which has been code-named as Sochi. Some long overdue as well as much needed bug fixes have been provided. Not just that, several improved features also accompany it which have become quite a fodder for discussion amongst developers. In fact, it is claimed to be the fastest iOS to be introduced yet. Even iPhone 4’s normal performance has been improved greatly so that its users can hold on to their handsets for a little while longer. Some of the most talked about features are discussed here.

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Absence of displaced background- The latest update by Apple has made it possible to disable parallex feature which gives motion on wallpaper and can be pretty annoying at times. However, despite disabling this feature, you need not eliminate the zooming animation feature while closing as well as opening of apps. For that you have to toggle off “Reduce Motion” in Settings under General under Accessibility options. Then from there you have to navigate to settings of wallpapers and brightness and tap Lock Screen Wallpaper. Perspective Zoom must be toggled off and pressed set.

Encouraging photography, enabling HDR auto- Previously there was a terrible bug which resulted in constant disabling of HDR every time you close the camera app. Now a new auto setting of HDR has been introduced to monitor the adjoining lighting conditions so that HDR can be enabled or disabled automatically. For enabling of this feature, the camera app must be opened and then you can tap HDR Off or HDR On. HDR Auto can be selected so that everything is taken care of automatically.

Comeback of button shapes option- With earlier versions, users could manipulate Button Shapes but there were complaints regarding the tap targets. With the new upgrade users can now include button shapes to text-only tap targets of the software. It is very simple to add button shapes. Toggle on Button Shapes by visiting Settings, under General under Accessibility tabs.

New and improved Siri- Siri, the virtual personal assistant now includes many enhancements which are much appreciated. The voice sounds calmer and more natural instead of the previous stilted tone. A great feature is the option to enable it when you want to speak to it. The home button can be held down when you want to begin talking; on releasing the home button you indicate that you have finished talking. This acts as an alternative to status quo of Siri which notices automatically when you are done talking.

Revamping of calendar app- There is some subtle revamping of the Calendar app through addition of new list toggle. Now on choosing the specific options, events taking place on varying days can be seen while still in month view. Apple now has added country-specific holidays for different countries. You do not have to look at an actual calendar to remind yourself of particular country holidays.

iTunes Radio- Now you are allowed to directly purchase albums according to the track playing currently through iTunes Radio with just the press of a button. Featured stations now have a search field and there is Repeat as well as Shuffle buttons in the music apps.

HFP Prompts supported- Now when you connect the iOS device to the entertainment system of your car through Bluetooth there will be an option called ‘Allow HFP Prompts’ which will enable the listening of other audio on the system; whenever there is new route information, it will drop in. Previously, you could only hear the directions given to you.

Recently, iOS 7.1.1 has been posted which is iOS 7.1’s minor update. This update has resulted in the fixing of another batch of minor problems with further improvements of performance. In fact, in this discussion we have excluded Car Play option since this is available only in select countries for the time-being.

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Steps to Reduce the Gap between Employer and iPhone Developer

The recent release of Xcode has made it easier for developers to build robust iPhone apps within a stipulated time frame. But with more and more companies investing in iPhone application development, the schedules of seasoned iPhone developers remain packed. So employers often find it a daunting challenge to hire a seasoned developer who can complete the app development project on time and budget. At the same time, many employers opt for freelance app developers to curtail project overheads. But each company must consider some simple points, while hiring an iPhone application developer, to reduce the gap between the employer and iPhone developer.

5 Simple Steps to Reduce the Gap between Employer and iPhone Developer

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1) Clearly Define the Project Concept
To deliver a robust iPhone application on time, a developer must understand the project concept and requirements. The understanding of the project concept will further help the developer in identifying the target audience, and decide the features that will appeal to the end-users. Further, the programmer can easily identify and fix the bugs that will affect the user-experience negatively. Before starting development, the employer must spend adequate time with the developer to make his understand the project concept clearly.

2) Make Him Adaptable to Technological Advancements
Apple frequently updates its mobile operating system with innovative features. So the iPhone app can deliver richer user experience by taking advantage of these new features. There are always chances that the iPhone application plan may be revamped completely to meet the technological advancements. As an employer, you must prepare the developer mentally to adopt these technological advancements. The discussion will make the developer flexible enough to adopt these technological changes.

3) Set Project Deadlines in Advance
Each employer wants to beat competition by launching the iPhone app as early as possible. But the developers often struggle to deliver a robust application within a stipulated timeframe. The programmers are further required to plan and schedule the project according to the deadline set by the employer. That is why; an employer must decide the project deadline in advance, and convey the information to the iPhone app developer to make him work in a more relaxed and stress-free way.

4) Offer Competitive Monetary Benefits
Often monetary benefits creates gap between the employer and iPhone app developer. Each employer wants to build apps by targeting iOS to get higher returns. But the net revenue from the project can be impacted by its cost. The high cost of development often reduces the net revenue earned through the iPhone application. So along with providing efficient work, the developer needs to help the employer in curtailing project overheads. Further, the developer must optimize the look, feel and performance of the app to ensure that it is sold at the Apple App Store with a high price-tag.

5) Keep Track of the Progress
Often employers hire seasoned developers to complete the iPhone development project on time and budget. But an employer must constantly monitor the project to ensure that everything is on track. He can even ask the programmer to create a detailed schedule for each module. The initial planning will make it easier for the employer to monitor the progress. At the same time, the scheduling will further help the developer in sticking to the predefined timeline. The employer can share his feedback and comments to optimize the quality of the app without extending the timeframe.

An employer must communicate constantly with the iPhone application developer to reduce the gap. The advancement in communication technologies have further enabled employers to stay connected with offshore developers through voice/video/text chats. So the constant interaction will make it easier for the employer to build a good professional relationship with the developer regardless of his geographical location.

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iPhone & iPad Development – Are Both the Same or Differ?

Apple has completely revamped the look and feel of iOS7. So developers, nowadays, find it a daunting challenge to fit their iPhone and iPad apps with Apple’s new design guidelines. Many developers are further starting from the scratch to avail fresh features and functionalities like Maps, AirPlay and Siri. At the same time, each iOS programmer also needs understand the similarity and differences between iPhone and iPad application development.

offshore iPhone developmentBoth iPod and iPhone apps use the same mobile operating system, i.e., iOS. These apps are also developed using the same iOS SDK and development language. So at the surface level, you may not note any significant difference between building apps for these two Apple devices. But a close observation will make you notice a number of differences in terms of components and functionality.

Significant Differences between iPhone and iPad App Development

Difference in User Interface
The wide difference in the screen sizes of iPhone and iPad makes it essential for programmers to create different user interfaces. When the user interface complements the screen size of the mobile device, the application can deliver richer user experience. The developers also need to use distinct techniques to maintain the user interface properly. While creating the user interface, the developers can use synchronization tools as per the designing guidelines provided by Apple under the Human Interface Guidelines (HIGs). Also, they can use cross-platform tools to create different user interfaces for iPad and iPhone.

Quality of Resolution
Most iOS applications are compatible with both iPhone and iPad. But the larger screen size of iPad allows the apps to take advantage of additional screen space. But the quality of the resolution is affected as the application is stretched to fill the screen. So the developer must remember that an iPhone app may not run on iPad with high resolution. Further, the tablet users expect the screen to be split into separate panes for content and navigation.

Sense of Immediacy
Unlike tablets, smartphones can be carried by users in a flexible and hassle-free way. So the smartphones often create a sense of immediacy among the users. Each user expects the smartphone apps to fetch information or perform certain tasks in a time-driven and spontaneous manner. The sense of immediacy makes it essential for the iPhone apps to deliver user experience that is both time-driven and spontaneous. The requirement further makes iPhone app development different for iPod development.

Required Mobile Bandwidth
The larger screen size of iPad enables programmers to create robust and dynamic user interfaces with streaming rich media content. Many users even rely on Internet cloud to access data at their own pace. But functioning of dynamic interface varies based on the available mobile bandwidth. As many reports have highlighted, iPhone users can access and use more mobile bandwidth in comparison to the iPad users. Often iPad users access internet through Wi-Fi. So they have to compete with other users to get more bandwidth. That is why; the developers must design iPad apps that perform smoothly without consuming additional mobile bandwidth.

Target Audience for the App
The iOS developers also need to consider the target audience for the application, in addition to the technical aspects. The larger screen size of iPad makes it more suitable for apps that are designed mainly to display information. For instance, the kids love to see large graphics, while swiping and taping the device to change view. So iPad apps will be more appropriate for visually oriented tasks. Similarly, the iPod apps can also be use by retail stores to display and catalogue their products. On the other hand, the iPhone apps are more effective in targeting the professionals and business people. As they have to work on the go, the iPhone app will make it easier for the business people to access information anytime and anywhere.

The version of iOS will also have an impact on the differences between iPhone and iPad app development. But the developers can always build apps by targeting the most recent version of iOS to overcome these differences.

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