The features and functions of the ‘resolutionary’ new iPad, make it an apt device to develop a wide variety of apps and so, the developers must build apps that must do full justice to these features and functions. Let us take a look at four essential tips which the iPad app developer must follow to create inventive apps for the iPad device.
- Develop for your Target audience
Your target audience must be the prime focus of your app. For instance, if you are developing an iPad app for education, for say primary students, you need not worry about whether their parents will like that particular app or not. You can do a quick research by going through some of the bestselling/featured education apps on the iTunes store meant for primary students to have a better understanding what your end-users expect you to provide them in the apps.
- Minimalism is the order of the day
A minimalistic app works best on the iPad device and although you may be tempted to put in a lot of features in the app it is not a wise thing to do. It will confuse the users and as a result of this, they will not enjoy your app. What you can do instead is build an app with a handful of features that are relevant to it and give the app an intuitive interface, by using various interactive elements such as back and forth buttons, contextual menus etc. As a result, you will have a neat and user-friendly app that sells well.
- Don’t forget about the orientation of the device
It is an unforgivable sin to forget about the orientation (landscape and portrait) of the iPad device; your app should look and function exactly the same way in both the orientations. If you fail to make your app uniform across these two orientations, chances are that the users will think they are using the app on two different devices. Thus, you must check that the features and functionalities of your app stays the same when the user uses it on landscape and portrait mode – not once, not twice, but many times over.
- Take help of the developer community
There are scores of developer communities for iPad developers online and you can join any of these communities. You will get immense benefits by joining these communities for instance, you can easily update your knowledge, know the latest trends going on in the app market, exchange ideas and opinions etc. Get help from the experienced developers in the community, when you are stuck while coding your app and get a helping hand from them, when you need to test your app and require feedback for the same. Alternatively, you can build your own network of developers by going to various technical events, hackathons, app launches, seminars etc. and meeting people.
It does not matter whether you are a newbie iPad developer or an experienced one; anyone can follow the aforesaid tips and taste success with their iPad apps.