iOS Development Trends Shaping 2018
02 May. 2018 Mobile App
Technology is changing with time, and we need to keep up with its pace. Every year, the American multinational technology company – Apple Inc. introduces a variety of new techniques to make app development on the iOS platform easier and better. Apple Inc made 1.1 billion dollars from just iOS app purchases during April-June 2017. The iOS apps, which have gained massive traction around the world, have boosted the iOS market popularity and revenues.
As an iOS developer or hobbyist, you need to stay updated on the latest on iOS app development and its happenings as listed below not to miss out during this year:
- Swift 4
Swift 4 is a programming language introduced by Apple recently, will support both, the iOS and Linux operating systems. An update to Swift 3, it is a robust platform that is secure, scalable and easy to learn. For developers, the application development will become smooth with minor consumption of device memory. Therefore, in 2018, we can expect the iOS apps to be more secure and developed in a faster timeframe.
- Artificial Intelligence and Siri
Siri, the personal assistant from Apple, has gained broad traction around the world. It undoubtedly provided a significant boost to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and contextual learning, with its understanding of what people are talking, and what they wish to search. Further, Siri offers a GPS pin or code, while sending messages. The new Siri can also act as a task manager to help you efficiently access your mobile app alongside a QR code.
- Machine Learning Framework
Core Machine Learning (CoreML), is a new foundational framework from Apple, used across various Apple products, including QuickType, Camera, and Siri. It offers a lightning-fast performance and allows developers to leverage the machine learning models to develop smart apps by writing just a few lines of code. Further, CoreML will offer a level of communication that applies to all iOS devices with its robust library. For 2018, CoreML will redefine the gaming app development. The developers focusing on the gaming industry will be able to build AI-enabled apps with face detection or voice recognition feature in a highly interactive manner. According to statistics, games are the most popular category by volume in Apple Store as they account for almost 25% apps.
- Augmented Reality (AR)
AR has been in existence for some time now, and we have witnessed a dedicated effort investment by organizations. Apple created ARkit that assists developers in developing apps based on augmented reality. ARKit enables iOS developers to create 3D and AR-based mobile apps that are gaining popularity. With Apple and Amazon joining hands to bring ARkit and Amazon Sumerican together, we can expect endless opportunities for mobile app developers to tap during 2018.
- More user-friendly Apple Pay
Apple is one of the early movers of the reliable digital transactions movement with Apple Pay. An online wallet application, it enables seamless online transfers, buying tickets and shop online over an entirely secure platform. Interestingly, based on a recent insight there is a hike of whopping 500% on transactions using Apple Pay, with about two million small businesses accepting the invoice using Apple Pay. Further, about 50% of merchants in the US are currently receiving payments via Apple Pay. Therefore, it will be no surprise, why Apple Pay will continue to trend with iOS app developers using it to their advantage.
- Apple HomeKit
“Internet of Things” (IoT) devices are prevalent in the global market.These devices currently operate with their companion apps. By leveraging Apple HomeKit, Apple’s framework for home automation, iOS app developers would be able to build apps that easily connect with smart home devices. With devices working in sync, to speaking with each other, there lies a tremendous potential to take home automation to new heights. Apple HomeKit will play a pivotal role in change for future, as the smart devices from IoT network will reach up to 50 billion by 2020, as estimated.
Apple continues to make headway in iOS application development. Is your iOS app ready to withstand the wave of change? We would love to hear from you. Also, did we miss out on any significant trend?