There is no doubt that there are piles of money to be made in iOS app development. After all, Apple owned 15.2 percent of the global smartphone market last year. However, the worldwide popularity of the iPhone does not mean that an iOS app developer can simply do whatever he or she wants when creating iOS apps. iOS app developers must know these three pitfalls to avoid when trying to make money through iOS app development.
Not Knowing the Apple App Store Guidelines
If you don’t know what Apple is looking for when deciding whether or not your app will be sold in the App Store, you run the risk of wasting countless hours and other resources building something that you will never be able to sell.
In its App Store Review Guidelines, Apple states, “The guiding principle of the App Store is simple – we want to provide a safe experience for users to get apps and a great opportunity for all developers to be successful.”
And, for you to be successful in iOS app development, you must make sure you read and understand all of the guidelines that cover safety, performance, business and payments, design, privacy and legal issues.
Believing an iPhone App is a Miniature Website
Probably the most common iOS app development mistake is to think that an app is basically a downsized website. This is a huge problem simply because an app is very different from a website. Proper iOS app development protocol demands that apps be streamlined, customizable and easily controllable with one or two fingers.
Of course, this means that an app cannot do all that a full website can, at least not all from the same screen. A website can offer a number of different options, while a user-friendly app needs to offer just one or two options per screen. If you complicate the user experience, your iOS app will not earn much cash.
Thinking Your iPhone App Can Please Everyone
One of the keys to achieving life-changing success in any industry is finding the right niche. Look at it this way: Tom Brady makes his living throwing the ball. He does not block nor tackle. And, Microsoft became a juggernaut via its graphical operating system and did not do as well with its phones and other products. You need to do the same in iOS app development. Each iOS app you create needs to have a singular focus, a singular niche. As you work on your apps, remember what Abraham Lincoln said, “You can’t please all the people all of the time,” because neither can your app.
As you are designing your iOS app, start with your users’ priorities in mind. What is the single problem your app will solve? Once you have identified that solution, figure out how you can monetize it. If you instead try to create the next, say, Facebook, odds are you will get lost in the design and end up with an app that pleases no one at no time, which, of course, will make you no money whatsoever. So stay on point and get rich!