When it comes to mobile app development, the second attempt is almost always better than the first. After all, with time comes knowledge of how your app works with customers, why users behave the way that they do, and of course the advances in technology since the last time you went to the drawing board. This can make the iOS app development process daunting when you begin thinking about your next project.

However, at Snyxius we understand the anxieties and stress that can come from the app development process, even when you have a plan in place. That is why we created this article to go over the steps you need to take in your next iOS app development project. By starting off on the right foot, you will be set to make the most out of your next project. Let’s take a look at exactly how to do that.

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Hindsight is 20/20

The first step in iPhone app development is reviewing your previous development to highlight areas where you want to focus and areas you want to improve. They say that hindsight is 20/20, and as you look back over your last project, you are likely to see opportunities you missed the first time around. That is why we encourage you to do this first and then plan out your goals, not the other way around.

For example, if you previously decided to develop a hybrid app and didn’t see the results you want, you might want to develop natively this time. Same goes for if in your first development you focused on the features of the app, but didn’t see success. This time, you could instead focus on UX design to make a difference in your app.

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As you review your previous development you will start to get ideas about how you want to do things differently. From here you can also analyze what worked last time and see if there are new ways to improve in those areas as well.

Wireframing and Design

Once you have laid out your goals for your iOS app development, the next step is figure out how you want the app to look. Right from the beginning you should be considering UX design and the security of the app. By designing these systems from the ground up, you are much less likely to encounter problems later.

In these early stages you will thank us for reviewing your former project first. By having a basic understand of who your users are and what they want to get out of your app, the better you will be able to design your app to meet their needs. Reflect on the value that your app can offer your users and, wherever possible, increase that value.

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Prototype and testing

After you have finished planning out your design, the next step is to turn that design into a working prototype. The prototyping stage is where you really get to see your mobile app design come to life and it can be an insightful time. By actually working with a workable version of the app you will be able to better understand the limits and constraints of your design when applied to the real world.

This stage is also where you should begin testing your app and gathering feedback on what your test users do and do not like about it. Most iOS app development projects do not properly test, thus culminating in a waste of time and money. By testing throughout the process, your app will not only be stronger and more powerful, but it will be ready to go to market much sooner.

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Testing is also a good time to experiment and take risks with your project. After all, your end users should not be treated like guinea pigs, but that is the exact purpose of test users. Try out some more out-there ideas at this point and run with what works. Who knows? It might be the difference between a good app and a great one.

Organization and optimization

As you continue to work with your app and begin to make that final stretch to the release, it can be easy to let your foot off the gas and glide for the rest of the project. Don’t do this! This is a very important time in your iOS app development and it shouldn’t be squandered.

In order to make sure that your app doesn’t have the issues of your original development, work with your development team to optimize your app wherever possible. This means having clear and concise directions and indicators of how to properly use the app. It also means making sure that everything is organized in a way that best fits within your customer’s goals.

We would also recommend this as a good period to integrate your app with other services to make it as functional as possible. Set up your analytics so that they are ready to capture user data and incorporate an easy feedback system for customers to report bugs and problems. Doing this now will save you a ton of headache and extra work later, trust us.

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Wrapping up

Once you have everything in place, the time will come to release your app to the world. The good part is that your app will finally be out in the world for people to use. The bad, but also exciting part is that your journey is far from over. iOS app development isn’t simply about the creation of the app, but everything that comes after.

For instance, you’ll need to know how to properly promote your app in the app store and come up with a marketing plan to get users onboard. You’ll have to keep up with mobile app maintenance as more users begin working with the app and bugs become apparent. Additionally, you will want to keep notes of ways you can improve next time. Although you are likely hoping this will be your last development project, it likely will not be.

If you are able to keep all of this in mind, your next iOS app development will be miles ahead of your last before you even get started. It’s up to you now to make sure that that happens.