Smart phones have made technology really handy to be used. Various applications that are available for different mobile phones provide incredible utility to their users due to the applications that are available for them. iPhone has been the most respected phone on Earth. Undoubtedly, it has great hardware and fine compatibility with software. However, what makes iPhone different from others is the vast number of applications that are available for the Apple platform. Users like or dislike a phone or a mobile application depending upon how easily they are able to use it. Functions and features come next to usability in iOS application development.
Apple devices have acquired the status symbol of exclusivity. Users of iOS devices love their devices and want to be suggestive about why they are better than the rest. To ensure that this exclusivity is exhibited by all iOS applications is the responsibility of every iOS developer. Typically, extensive collection of functions integrated into one application is perceived as the key to successful iOS app development Indeed, more the varieties of functions users will have at their disposal, more useful their iOS device might be. However, that would be true only when users are able to utilise full potential of the applications. This is where user-centric design intervenes. If the interface is not streamlined to provide easy accessibility and facilitate use of the application, the collection of functions would be useless.
There are certain aspects of iOS application that are always considerable. For instance, the application should direct to the main functions in as fewer steps as possible. No one wants to navigate for a period before the task pane can be worked upon. Similarly, the design and navigation system of the application should be intuitive to make navigation simple through whatever steps required.
The best way to ensure high degree of usability right from iOS application development is to get the application tested by real users. It is a very effective method to test any application and refine it accordingly. In this process, end users are asked to use the application without the assistance of the iOS app developer and their behaviour on the application is recorded. All the parts where users seemed to have difficulty or did not behave as intended are streamlined and the process is repeated. The same technique is implemented with slight difference in case of commercial applications. Beta or trial version of the application is released publicly and feedback is sought from users to improve it. This is known as iterative method as the application reaches desired usability after a number of iterations.
The achievement of high usability ensures that users will be able to use all the functions incorporated into the application however few or many they might be. Negligence towards user-centric iOS app development might ruin the future of the application irrespective of how many functions were integrated to it. There are many applications that are preferred by people over others with same or better features in the same class.