The iPhone is still the undisputed king of seamless user experience and quality. If the choice were between an iPhone and Android, the majority of people would choose iPhone because of its ability to provide a superior user experience.
More importantly, mobile is the future of everything, from watching a match to shopping to investing millions of dollars, a lot can be done via mobile. Every day we observe new areas where mobile is instrumental in making the life of the end-user easier. When you are building an application for iPhone users, they expect it to be excellent in all aspects. Be it quality, interface, UX, functional, speed, navigation, and so on.
When one thing is so important and essential, it must be developed with an equal amount of expertise and efficiency. This makes choosing an iOS app development company difficult. Almost every iPhone application development services provider will claim to build performant iPhone applications.
However, not everybody can build iPhone applications at least of the same quality that is required in the market. So, to make sure that you don’t put your trust in the wrong hands, make sure to know the qualities of the top iPhone application development company.
Qualities of an iOS App Development Company
There are two categories of qualities that you can look at while choosing an organization for iPhone mobile app development;
- Technical Abilities
- Non-Technical Qualities
These are the aspects of development that are associated with an organization’s ability to create cutting-edge applications.
Development Knowledge: Ask the prospective developers about their expertise with the tools required to build iPhone applications. Apart from the coding software, ask them about the tools they use for testing, debugging, project management, designing, QA, database, API, etc.
The development team should be able to harness the possibilities provided by the tools and software built for the purpose. Ask them about their knowledge of OS framework, Mac OS Framework, simulators.
Whether they are using open-source frameworks or not? An ideal iPhone app development company must be able to work with;
For Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and Editors, the development companies working with XCode, CodeRunner, and AppCode are ideal for your task. When it comes to Libraries, it largely depends on the type of task and its requirements. But most of the companies use RxSwift, CocoaPods, and The Foundation Network.
There are a lot of other aspects that you can list down here, but these are the major ones. Plus, if you want to go with cross-platform development, ask the potential iOS app development company which platform out of React Native, Xamarin, Ionic, and Flutter do they use for the task.
Experience: This is the second most crucial aspect you need to look at before choosing an iOS app development company. An experienced company is preferred because they have observed the changes in the industry and grown with it. Moreover, having worked in different projects gives a person more wisdom and practical knowledge about the subject matter.
As opposed to this, a new iPhone mobile app development company may have the requisite expertise. Still, they may not be able to tackle complex development and industry-oriented problems as they have never come across them.
A good development team comprises experienced developers. So, if the company has experienced developers and other technical experts with years of experience, go with it, as the people who will work on your project have experience. But here, one factor that you may need to check is team collaboration because it can take some time for new people to adjust to each other.
While asking about their experience as to what kind of projects the team has worked on before, it will help you carve out a niche of applications these guys have worked on before and help you decide whether or they can build your application.
Ability to Understand the Requirements: Before building an application, the development team must show confidence that they have understood the requirements. While you have done your research about the customer’s problems and are planning to build a solution, your developers should resonate with the objectives and value proposition.
A better way to identify whether the developers have understood what needs to be done is to share the documentation with them and then analyze the problems and the solution. This is like sitting together in a meeting or connecting via a video call to ensure that both teams are on the same page.
Designing: An application development is not limited to coding. There are a lot of additional aspects that you need to cover. Designing is one of those parts that the ideal iPhone app development services provider must deliver.
Designing and coding an application are two very different things, but without a good design, you cannot expect the application to perform no matter how good the idea is. So, ensure that the application development company you hire has expertise and experience in creating intuitive and engaging iPhone application designs.
Within designing, check that they know how to create compelling user experiences and deliver on the user interface with good application aesthetics. User experience is about how the application works and engages with the user. The user interface ensures that the application design is in accordance with the product, the type of audience, and it looks good.
When it comes to the tools used for designing, an ideal iPhone app development company must use any one of the popular tools. This includes Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD, InVision, among others. Companies that can provide you with the application prototypes, mockups, and wireframes are better off than others to deliver the product you want to build.
Developer Account: It is mandatory for every iOS development or development company to have a developer’s account on App Store if they want to deploy applications there. By asking the iOS app development company about the same will help you check out the company’s previous creations and tasks.
In terms of experience, it will point in the right direction and also let you take a look at their portfolio. Talking about the portfolio, while choosing the iPhone mobile app development provider, make sure to check their portfolio of the previous applications.
Ask them how they were able to build these applications and the challenges they faced while developing, not to mention what was done to overcome them.
Time To Development: As of the third quarter of 2020, there were 1.93 million applications on the App Store. When you launch your application, these guys will be your competition. So, it is essential to make sure that your app’s time to market is minimum. This depends on the mobile application developer who needs to work faster without compromising the quality of the application.
Because of this, ask the development agency you wish to hire the expected timeline to finish the project. But for that, you must share the details of your project with them first to calculate an appropriate timeline. While taking the interview, ask them about their workload and how much time will it take to build your project.
These are the technical aspects of choosing the ideal iOS app development company, but that is not it. A few non-technical criteria are essential to incorporate in your search for the best iPhone app development company.
If you think that aspects like communication, team harmony, involvement, and other non-technical factors are not relevant, make sure to read the next points. They are an eye-opener.
Communication: Your development company must be able to communicate with your project management team seamlessly and legibly. There is no point in communicating with a company that cannot put things out in the open as clearly as possible. This is one of the reasons why several businesses and organizations look for developers in their native regions.
Another aspect of communication is that it is integral to the success of the application. Because if the client and the developers cannot communicate with clarity, things won’t get too far.
Communicating For the Project: This is the second type of communication you need to check and observe. The difference between what you have read above and this point is that you need to look at the frequency of communication in this type of communication. It would be great if you can set up a prior schedule for weekly meetings and then contribute to the development exercise.
If any company says that it is their policy not to share the updates, consider it as a red flag and start looking for another organization. Every reliable and trustworthy company will be happy to have your involvement in the project development and share the updates weekly or twice a week. Also, observe the level of enthusiasm while taking the interviews. Check how quickly they reply and what the behavior is during the project discussion.
Customer Reviews and Rapport: There are a lot of sources available to check the company’s past experiences with the clients. Search the company name plus reviews on Google, and a list of reviews left by the previous for that company will come forward.
Along with Google, check the company’s social media handles like LinkedIn, Instagram, and others to collect social proof. These things will give you the required insights on what has been the experience of previous customers.
Price of Development: Price and time to develop an application can be shared once you provide a higher level of information with the iOS app development company. Only after understanding the scope of work and the extent of features can a development team tell the price to build the project.
But, even if the development company needs more time to set the budget, make sure to share your budget first. This will help the development respond appropriately and share their insights.
While talking to the companies, ask them how they calculate the price and about the payment terms. It would be great if you can agree on setting milestones. Lastly, ensure that the company does not charge any hidden costs that magically show up at project completion.
Updated with Industry: Starting from the way an application is developed to the guidelines followed by the App Store, it will be published; things keep on changing. If you want to stay relevant, the product you have built must conform to these changes. That is why it is essential to choose that iPhone app development company that makes an effort to stay updated. Also, it should be able to implement the new changes in the development process.
Post-Development Support: Post-development maintenance and support is a part of the application development process but not every company provides such services. So, it would be great if you choose the development team which can take care of the post-development support, additions, edits, maintenance, and other services.
They may come at an extra cost, but hiring the same people who have developed your application in the first place can save a lot of time that will otherwise be spent on finding another company for maintenance and support.
Wondering why you have to consider both the components of choosing your ideal iPhone app development company? Imagine working with an organization that is great at development but delays the deliverables and does not communicate. Won’t it get a bit frustrating not to receive any updates on your work, especially after making the first payment?
At the same time, it is also not recommended to hire an adept company in terms of communication but is not a development expert. Hence, always look for a company that is adept in technical and non-technical abilities.
Choosing the best iPhone app development company for your project is crucial to success. If you trust the wrong team, it will surely lead to an inefficient product and wastage of money. Take care of the points mentioned above in terms of the technical and non-technical skillset of the potential organization. Ask them everything you want to before trusting them with your work. Set up a schedule for frequent meetings and talk about the payment terms and methods on the very first day.
There shouldn’t be any discrepancy in these areas as they can lead to further inconsistencies and delay the development process. Last but not least, do not forget to ask the company to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) before the work begins.
Himanshu is not only the CEO of MobMaxime but he is also the Innovation Guy around here. With his experience and global market understanding, he steers the organizational culture towards proficiency and productivity. His dedication and strong will to create the best solutions for this clients comes from the superlative technical acumen and a deep-set understanding of the client’s needs. He believes in creating success with his sheer will, intelligence, and winning solutions.