We receive a lots of iPhone app development quote requests which doesn’t contain much information for use to provide an accurate quote.
Following are some of the best practices for getting an accurate iPhone app development quote
iPhone App Category
While asking for quote provide the app category. An iPhone app, from developer’s perspective, can be classified in some of following categories
- Location based services
- News and media
- Food/Recipe App
- Business Information App
- RSS/Feed App
Free app, Freemium App Subscription and paid App are some of the most popular business models. Subscription model is suitable for news and magazine apps. Subscription model is normally not used in any other type of apps but recently I’ve seen it being experimented with non-magazine apps as well.
Universal app or iPhone/iPad app
Any app build for iPhone will also work on iPad but it wouldn’t be optimized for iPad unless you have designed it for iPad.
You can build an app for iPad only which will not be compatible on iPhone.
Universal app is build for both iPhone and iPad. An universal app uses 2 sets of UI designs for iPhone and iPad. This is the best model for app design if app is build to be compatible for both iPhone and iPad.
Avoid building 2 versions of same app separately for iPhone and iPad. Firstly it will create confusion for users and secondly you will have to maintain 2 sets of apps which would become very costly affair.
In-App purchase allows customers to buy from within the app.
Specify of your app will in-app purchase feature or not.
You will need web services/cms if you want to save content/data on a server which app will interact for some features. This requirement is often ignored by clients as they are not aware of what goes in Web Services/CMS.
There are two ways of adding content in the app.
The first and easiest way is to embed all the content directly in the app itself. Though it is easy to build and manage, it increases the app size massively which become annoying for users while downloading the app. Another major disadvantage of this model is that every time you want to add new content you have to contact developer to do it which becomes expensive over the course of time.
CMS allows you to add/modify content via web interface and you don’t need to re-build the app every time you add new content. App downloads the content from CMS using Webservices. Users are notified via Push notification or app automatically downloads the content as they are added.
No. of pages
This information will be useful if you want to develop an information app.
Specify if app will need integration with social media such as facebook/twitter etc. And also what type of integration do you need, whether it will be use login.registration integration or you want to pull personal data from facebook/twitter as well.
iPhone App UI Design
App UI design is often ignored while asking for quote. It is assumed that the UI design will be part of the requirement. However it would be useful if you can provide any UI design related requirements as well.
You can specify if you need a very professional UI Design or just an average design would suffice.
Member registration can be utilized to offer value added services to members. In case of apps which are tightly integrated with the webservices or require account to operate member registration is mandatory.
Rule of thumb, if you don’t really don’t need registration then don’t go for it.