Apple managed to keep everything under wraps regarding it Apple Watch till it was introduced to the world alongside the iPhone in September. Now it has come out with the WatchKit SDK for developers so that apps for the wearable can be created. So what does the SDK include? It is a detailed software development kit that suggests several hints about the company’s first watch that includes resolutions, screen sizes and about the overall experience that is received while using the Watch. During the launch although there was a lot of fanfare but details about the gadget were not provided. With the introduction of the SDK everyone can have access to certain information about them. Continue reading WatchKit SDK – Some features that developers should know
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.
Both 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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iPhones come up with an array of value added features that make these devices almost indispensable in modern life. These user-friendly applications or apps as they are called help in performing a wide range of activities. There are quite a number of apps that people find extremely handy. Let us pick up 10 out of them which are voted best by the users.
Box.net is one of the most popular service that helps in online storage of files. Now, iPhones come up with the updated version of this feature that only makes life of the users easier. With the help of this feature, users are able to share individual files or entire folders that are stored on Box.net. Users are also able to open files by using file viewer that the modern iPhones come up with. It also gives them the option of leaving comments on these files. There is also the option of uploading images from the Camera Roll. It comes up free of cost though the individual account comes up with a storage capacity of 1 GB while the 10 GB version is available at a monthly cost of $9.95.
This is another feature, that is a bit different from the rest of the lot. Soonr helps in integration of document sharing, review and publishing into another backup application. However, for using Soonr, one will have to install a Mac or a Windows Desktop client. It helps in automatic backing up of designated folders whenever a file is changed.
Once the files are saved in Soonr Cloud, users can log in through any web browser and browse. Users can e-mail, send faxes, comment as well as restore files if and when needed. It is also handy for creating projects, adding files and editing them. Another extremely important feature of Soorn is that users can have a look at the revision history.
It is yet another extremely popular feature that is considered by many as by far the best in terms of utility! The app is powered by some wonderful back end systems. Users will simply have to forward the confirmation email for booking flights, bus or train tickets, hotel rooms and so on. It can also be done automatically by using Gmail plugins. Once the mail is sent, the feature will automatically organize them with all the relevant details along with the confirmation number.
The camera and the iphone photo apps come up with state of the art technology that has sent the conventional ‘point-and-shoot’ camera to back end. Instagram can be used to upload family photos to Flickr or family albums as well as for uploading everyday photos. The feature is quick, and extremely simple to use.
This is an iPhone feature that is great when it comes to taking notes. It has striking similarity to Dropbox as it can save data as well as information locally though it syncs the data across all the devices.
This application comes up with several value added features that help in meeting scheduling, web conferencing, document editing that can be integrated into the web version. With the help if this app, one can organize projects into workspaces and put more emphasis on workflow though Huddle mainly deals with task management.
This app comes up with the feature that helps users to snap videos from conferences as well as uploading them to be viewed on the web for free. The app also provides a fantastic way to access those videos on mobiles and releasing TED talks.
This app helps users to take startling panoramic shots with iPhones as well as line up the shots and correct them automatically.
This app is mainly for helping those who like shopping. It can turn an iPhone into an effective barcode scanner and the app is pretty flawless. All the user needs to do is to scan the UPC code of a particular product. The app will do the rest and will find the product for the user from Google Product Search as well as TheFind. The most important thing is that it is lightning fast.
Last but not the least, Twitter is still considered the best as well as the most popular app for the users of iPhone. It is a magnificent app that also happens to be one of the most popular social media sites.
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