Welcome to the series of articles where I will introduce you step by step into the wonderful and exciting world of iOS development. We’ll start with fundamentals of Swift programming language; next you’ll get familiar with Swift Playgrounds and Xcode development environment and you’ll learn how to design applications with SwiftUI.
There’s a lot to cover so let’s get started right away!
What is iOS?
iOS, formerly known as iPhoneOS is the operating system for mobile devices from Apple, namely iPhone. It’s bigger brother with slightly more capabilities is called iPadOS, but the core principles are the same for both these systems.
Since its introduction in 2007, iOS and later iPadOS became robust, feature-rich and well-supported platforms. People choose iOS for the same reasons they choose iPhones:
- intuitive interface
- strong set of privacy features
- frequent updates and support for older devices
As a beginning developer you might wonder if it’s a good idea to choose this platform instead of Android or even web development.
Why developing for iOS?
Here are some reasons why developing for iOS is the right choice:
- low device fragmentation
- design guidelines
- paying users
From the developer’s perspective, these are especially important reasons to choose iOS development instead of Android development. As a developer, you don’t want to waste your time with testing your apps on countless Android devices, you want to make sure that your apps are running successfully and that’s easier on just few iPhone models.
Design guidelines are another major factor because it shortens development time by giving you precise set of style rules you should follow. You less time designing your apps and more time building the core functionality.
And finally, as a developer, you probably want to get paid for your hard work. It’s a well-known fact that iPhone users are willing to purchase more apps and even pay for in-app purchases than Android users who prefer free apps.
These are the main reasons why I believe that iOS is the ideal choice for beginning mobile developers, especially if you want to make money from your iOS apps.