Another splendid year is in climax. Another splendid year for iPhone app development. With 4 mn+ apps, a download growth rate of over 70 percent and a whopping $5bn+ in revenue, Apple has sure earned a fortune in 2017 from its App Store. And iPhone application developers have made hay, exponentially. Backed by a dream run in 2017, the App Store is all settled to go for the full Monty in the year ahead. And iPhone application developers can expect better rewards in 2018.
Here’s an indication of the top 5 iPhone app development trends that are expected to leave an impression in 2018.
Swift programming language has been cementing its spot consistently as the most preferred option for iPhone app development. Apple’s general-purpose programming language, Swift is pre-compiled for macOS, iOS, Linux & tv OS.
While announcing Swift 4, Apple said that Swift is the most powerful programming language and it is very easy to learn.
Swift 4 flaunts quite a few handy characteristics. While it retains the powerful legacy of Swift 3, it delivers a grand potential of developing highly scalable and robust applications.
This upgradation adds value and virtue to the iOS application development and helps publishers develop applications faster without actually compromising on the security and performance features. In fact, the applications developed in Swift 4 consume relatively less memory of your device.
We see 2018 to be absolutely filled to the rafters with faster and safer iOS application development in Swift 4.
- Contextual Learning & Artificial Intelligence for Siri
Apple’s crowd favorite super intelligent personal assistant Siri has been the focal point of preference the world over ever since its initial launch. It has continuously evolved, emerged to today reach a cult status.
It best understands what we speak and provides almost accurate results for what we are looking for.
Now, with contextual learning and artificial intelligence rising up the ranks, Siri delivers a GPS pin whilst you message. In addition, Siri functions as a powerful task manager that permits you to access your QR code for WeChat and even your Citi Mobile App.
Therefore, it will be a mere understatement to say Siri’s AI will go all guns blazing in the year ahead.
- Apple HomeKit
Apple HomeKit is a magnanimous creation by Apple. HomeKit is basically a framework of Apple Inc.
which has been designed especially for home automation. The intent behind the HomeKit is to facilitate communication and interaction between your home’s smart devices.
And, here again, Siri comes into play to command the smart devices at your home.
For this objective, iOS developers can develop apps with the Apple HomeKit that enable the connected smart devices to abide by their prompts triggered Siri or by the users themselves.
In effect, a centralized application can be created to streamline the entire home automation process. The IoT ecosystem of connected things such as home automation is expected to touch a massive 50bn by 2020.
And therefore, Apple HomeKit is surely going to hot and hotter each day in 2018, and beyond.
- File Management
With iOS 11, there are numerous exciting and powerful features rising in the trends for 2018. And file management is just one of them.
With a handy app dubbed “Files”, iOS users can easily and effectively manage their files and various cloud apps from within a single location. So, if (say) you store your presentations on Google Drive, personal videos and on Dropbox, etc., “Files” app can help you create one single dashboard from where you can handle and manage everything you store on these cloud services.
It saves time and you need not juggle from Point A to Point B for managing and accessing your files.
Well, with this trend of iOS 11, app developers can introduce several innovative concepts while developing apps for iPhone and iPad. And, it will enable the users to connect to the “Files” app for improving their iOS experience.
- High-Performance Hardware
ARKit running on the Apple A9, A10, and A11 processors delivers heavy-duty performance that helps in the faster understanding of the scene and enables you to create comprehensive and compelling virtual content over real-world scenes and scenarios.
Here’s a look at some hardware benefits and expected trends for iOS application development in 2018:
- Rendering Optimizations
You can benefit from the ARKit optimizations in SceneKit, Metal, and various third-party tools such as Unity and Unreal Engine.
- Lighting Estimation
Using camera sensor, ARKit can predict the total light in a scene and apply the right amount of light to different virtual objects.
- Visual Inertial Odometry
To track the surrounding world accurately and more precise, ARKit makes use of Visual Inertial Odometry that combines the Core Motion data with the camera sensor data.
Powerful, robust and dependable hardware acceleration will be one of the most trending things in mobile app development world in 2018.
In a nutshell, the year ahead looks promising for iPhone app developers and any top iPhone app development company would do well to capitalize on these relatively newer technologies while they are in their young days to reach a dominant status well in time.
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