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5 iPhone OS App Development Trends that Will Dominate in 2018

Apple is the second largest smartphone maker in the world. This is only supported by the fact that in 2017 alone there were about 46.68 million iPhones shipped all over the globe. Not only this.  4 million iPhone apps were downloaded that accounts for a growth rate of 70 % – which generated a revenue of more than 5 billion dollars. Apple has earned almost a fortune from its apps in the App Store.

With this solid numbers, the App Store is slated to be an absolute revenue generator for Apple as well as the developers who work for it. So, for obvious reasons, the developers will always like to keep a finger on the latest trends of iOS-based app development.

But there must be enough reasons as to why the businesses are adopting iOS-based apps.

It is important for them to be reminded of the fact that just developing an app for multiple devices and OS is not sufficient to ensure success at the App Store.

There is an intense competition between the apps showcased by the App Stores. The most important factor is to rise above this competition. A combination of rich features, technology and design are what contribute towards building an awesome user engagement that ensures conversion.Like 2017, 2018 will not be any exception. Apple has made some launches and announcements in Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), 2017. Keeping this in mind, we will Highlight 5 Trends for iPhone App Development in 2018:

1.IoT-enabled Apps

IoT has emerged as a buzzword in the past few years. Cisco has estimated 50 billion internet connected devices by 2020. So, in recent years, we have seen revenue that is climbing for the IoT based ventures.

As a result, we have seen the iOS developers are showing a keen interest towards developing IoT-enabled apps, making use of the technology. The IoT devices are based on sensors and transducers and the app developers must be able to recognize the signals emitted from these devices. Moreover, they must have the ability to exchange information over the Wi-Fi network.

2.GPS and Augmented Reality

The iOS app developers are all set to make use of GPS technology in combination with Augmented Reality in 2017 and beyond. Pokemon Go’s grand success in 2016 has shown how GPS can act as a driver for mobile application development.

The developers add value to the apps, by utilizing the navigational and the location-tracking features of the IoT-based devices. The 3D game players are also expected to leverage on this technology – keeping an eye open for the security aspect.

3.Artificial Intelligence

Apple has shown the use of machine learning in the voice of its personal assistant Siri. The voice of Siri is now generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI). It understands whatever is said and provides the users with near accurate results.

Apple is allowing the developers to leverage the power of AI in their iOS apps. Siri will act as a voice assistant and a task manager – to enable higher contextual value.


Apple has exhibited Swift 4 as not only a powerful programming language but one that is easily picked up by the developers. The advantage offered is to build robust and scalable applications. Moreover, the iOS app developers develop apps at a faster rate – with no compromise on the performance and security features.

5.Apple HomeKit

Apple has this framework designed for home automation. The purpose that is served is to interact with the smart devices at home. The iOS app developers create apps with the help of the Apple Homekit – which enables the smart devices to abide by the prompts issued by the users themselves or by Siri.

Finally, Apple has been a margins player and a winner in its war with Android, in the field of mobile app development. Apple has always emerged as a great revenue generator for the iOS apps. This is what will drive innovation in the field of iOS app development.

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018