If you have heard about hugely successful iPhone game app AngryBird or iShoot then you will probably like to know the story behind development of these applications. Apple has given a platform to technical folks to create intelligent & user-driven apps and earn a huge income in a couple of months. The story behind iShoot is very inspiring. Written by a programmer of Sun Microsystems in free hours, this app earned an extent of money and allowed its creator to quit his regular job and become a fulltime iPhone app developer.
Apart from the story of iShoot, there are some other stories as well, which can give some inspiration to you in becoming an iPhone app developer. For example, a nine-year-old kid named Lim Ding Wen came in global spotlight after creating a simple painting app Doodle Kids. Considerably, his app gave him the international fame. The app also did reasonably well by attracting 4000+ downloads in just two to three weeks. In case of Apple platform, you do not need any publisher, distribution partners, and specialist development hardware. You can simply create the app and submit in Apple’s app store. You just need to follow below given steps to gain success in iPhone app development. You are required to follow all these steps carefully to gain the proper results from the process.
Own A Mac: If you wish to create an app for iPhone then you should buy a Mac with Intel-based processor and Leopard version of MacOS X. You do not need to go with top model. For example, the iShoot creator used an old Macbook with only 1GB memory. Moreover, the WIFI of the system was not good. Despite using such an old machine, the coder managed to create a hugely successful application. While using a Mac, you can work virtually. For example, you can walk to the nearest park and keep writing your application. Therefore, it is good to have a Mac before starting Mobile app development process.
Download Software Development Kit: After having the MAC, you can proceed to download software development kit from Apple’s website. The company has provided its SDK as freebie for development of iPhone applications. In this kit, you will get all the tools for your job. For example, this kit will include the development environment Xcode, interface builders, and full documentation reference library. Moreover, it will also include iPhone simulator, which will help you in testing.
Learn Objective C: It will be a bit tough requirement for you to fulfill. You are required to learn objective C, which is an extension of C. You can write object-oriented codes by using this language. The Objective C is developed and released by the software development company called NeXT. Late Steve Job founded this company after being forced out of Apple. Later on, Mr. Job sold the company to Apple and Objective C became the property of Apple. There are multiple reasons to use objective C in developing iPhone app. It works a bit like Java that allows you to write object oriented codes in a simple manner.
Start Writing the Codes: Hey! You do not need to wait for mastering objective C. All you need to start writing after understanding the coding process of this language. You just need to understand the basics of objective C and OpenGL before starting the construction of your iPhone app. Initially, you can start writing from one point and keep noting down your progress and the hurdles you face while coding. In order to understand the construction of apps, you can reverse engineer the sample project, given in SDK. It will help you in taking each step carefully. After understanding the complex construction of apps, you can easily create your own game just by creating simple apps.
Become A Registered IPhone App Developer:After creating your game app, you can register yourself in the IPhone Developer Program. You will have to pay $99 for availing the membership. After testing your app in your onscreen emulator, you should test your app in iPhone, which is only possible after gaining the membership.
Get Ready to Face Rejection and Resubmission: The approval of an iPhone app is not simple as submission. You need to devote weeks and months to refine your app from multiple bugs and errors. Technically, the involved programming language is not a safe one. Therefore, you can come across multiple bugs and errors while testing process of your app. In this way, it will help you in developing an innovative gaming app for your international audience.
Submit Your App: After getting over from the testing session, you can head to submit your app to Apple’s app store. It is simple process of submission. You just need to zip the file, upload with description, large & small icons, and screen shots. If you will go in right manner then Apple will take a week to approve your app. In case, there will be any bugs and Lite apps, which are mentioned as demos then the time of one week will extend to a month and lead to eventual rejection. However, you can edit and resubmit the app as many times as you can.
Market Your Game App: There are more than 20000 apps and 2000 game application in Apple’s app store. Therefore, you are required to create a buzz about your application. Moreover, you need to have an in-house team of developers for fixing the upcoming issues of your app because the application by thousands of users can uncover the hidden bugs of your app. Moreover, you should also create a blog or website to speak about the game and its process. You can publish about the right process of playing the game in iPhone.
It is expected that you can create a successful app after creating app. You just need to take each step precisely. It will help you in developing an intelligent app for globally spread Apple users. However, you need to be as quality-maniac as Apple testing team to create a successful app.