Challenges For App Developers With New iOS 7

Apple has made quite a wave with the introduction of the latest iteration of its flagship mobile operating system, the iOS 7. Quite a lot of new features, enhancements and changes have been implemented in the latest version, and in essence, it is a completely new mobile OS, which poses several immediate and interesting challenges for scores of iOS app developers around the world. Developing for the new iOS 7 would mean, for most developers, a fresh start from ground up. Most -have already expressed concern about the challenges they face developing for the new version, and have hinted that they might need to withdraw support for previous version of their existing apps, on account of there being very little chance for backward compatibility.

Due to the groundbreaking new features Apple have implemented in the core of their new iOS 7, Apple has made significant changes to their UI, API features and overall design and development parameters which developers would have to get used to. The biggest challenge is to build applications which will go on to make full use of the new potential of the iOS 7 platforms and reap benefits from its improved back-end. Let us examine a few of the changes that have been implemented in iOS 7 and look at them from a developer’s perspective.

  1. The new design elements and UI is slated to be the biggest change Apple has made to their OS since its inception. There are a lot more cool features with the redesigned UI and content and images can now be presented in a more stylized, classy way with these new features. These new features, however, have a learning curve, and developers need to familiarize themselves with these to start implementing these in their applications at optimum levels.
  2. The new API and API features are major talking points about the new iteration of the iOS. Many developers agree that the new API is more feature-rich and contains a number of new features or “gadgets” for them to play with. While the purpose of these features is to further improve the functionality and look-and-feel of new applications, it has re-invented the wheel completely from a developer’s standpoint. Also, developers need to completely understand the extent of the capabilities and implications of the new API to decide which of its features their application can benefit from.
  3. Migrating old applications to the new iOS 7 platform is the biggest challenge. For most apps, it means building an entirely new version of the app from scratch thus increasing overall development time. Most existing applications will be out of depth with the new iOS 7 environment, and migrating will also mean updating existing features and implementing new ones to as to make the app stand out in the iOS 7 frame. Another big challenge for developers is retaining customers and getting new ones, as the new iOS 7 is not supported by most of the old Apple products, and building an “iOS 7 only” application might pose the threat of significantly reducing customer base.

Originally published at: MobDevApp

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