The iPad device is one of the best inventions by Apple. Launched two years ago, it has become the most popular device with gadget lovers, users and fans. The apps developed for the iPad device are as popular as the device and there is a huge demand for new, innovative iPad apps in the market.
Let us take a look at five common pitfalls, which iPad app developers must avoid so that they can create successful iPad apps.
Not Conducting A Thorough Research On The iTunes Store
The iTunes Store contains millions of iPad apps sorted into various categories. It acts as a huge resource for the iPad app developers, who can conduct a thorough research of the apps to know which apps are popular and what are the features and functionalities which make it popular. They can take a cue from the features of these apps and use them to build their own apps.
Ignoring The Target Audience
A major blunder made by iPad developers is that they ignore their target audience and straightaway develop an app. They forget that it is the target audience who are going to download and use the app at the end of the day and so, the success of their apps depends upon them. This is why, developers must keep their target users in mind and develop the app based upon their preferences and not the other way round.
Not Networking With Other Developers
Many developers, especially the new ones, don’t know the benefits of networking with fellow developers via different forums, blogs or at various events and happenings. The pitfall here is that their knowledge becomes limited; they miss out on important tweaks, tips and tricks related to iPad development which are shared by experienced developers on various forums and blogs. For instance, if there is a new trend in the market, they will probably be the last ones to know. And by the time they come to know about it, the trend would become a thing of the past.
Trying To Do Too Many Things
In the excitement of developing an innovative app, sometimes the developers use too many features and functions in one single app. For example, they might develop a travel app which books flights, finds restaurants, translates languages, gives weather report, displays upcoming events of an area and orders a cab. But cramming so many features like this into one single application, will affect the usability of the app; it may confuse the end-users. Hence, developers should not try to go overboard and stick to a few but essential features in their apps.
The iPad is a unique device. But at the same time, it is also easy to handle. In fact, the user interface of this device is so simple that even a 4-5 year old kid can operate it with ease. The developers must take a cue from this; they must think simple and develop easy to use apps for the end-users. If you take a look at some of the most popular apps on the iTunes Store, you will find that many of them have an extremely simple interface. So, you must also think along the same lines and develop your apps for the iPad.
These were some of the major pitfalls which all the iPad developers must avoid when developing their apps.