Best Practices for iPhone App Development Quote

iPhone app development quoteWe 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

  • Games
  • Art
  • Travel
  • Location based services
  • News and media
  • Food/Recipe App
  • Business Information App
  • RSS/Feed App

Business Model

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

In-App purchase allows customers to buy from within the app.

Specify of your app will in-app purchase feature or not.

Web Services/CMS

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.

Social Integration

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

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.


  1. David Barrett

    i phone developer create more category like : game,art,travel..etc…
    it’s good and information blog.thanks

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  2. Clarence Ryan

    iphone developer devlope a apps for solving to general problem of our daily life and other for business purpose.. App UI design is often ignored while asking for quote. It is assumed that the UI design will be part of the requirement.You can specify if you need a very professional UI Design or just an average design would suffice.

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  3. Zac Anderson

    This is a great write up. Just need to add few more categories.

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  4. Paul Simon

    Great information Ajay. I’m not a techie and to be honest I don’t understand all the App related technologies.

    I wanted to develop a simple app offering my videos. I had no clue that I have to consider so many requirements. I thought it would be easy job.

    Thanks to your article, now I’m able to speak to developer in tech terms.


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  5. Chandler

    Hey Ajay what if I want my app to be only compatible on iPhone only? I don’t want to make it available on iPad. Is it possible at all?

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    • Ajay Singh

      Hi Chandler,
      Unfortunately it’s not possible to develop an app to restrict it to be compatible on iPhone only.

      When we develop app we do it for operating system and not for the device. Any device using that operating system will be able to download and install the app. This is true for any operating system, iOs, Android or any other.

      When we say an app is compatible for iPad or tablet then it means that it has UI design for iPad/Tablets. The App code remains same for both only the design is rendered differently depending on the device screen resolution/size.

      Any app developed for iPhone will be automatically available for iPad and it can be installed on iPad. However if the app doesn’t have iPad UI designed then it will not be rendered properly on iPad but it will just show the app as you were seeing it on iPhone.

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