A Brief Intro to iOS Software Development
Many businesses who have not yet adopted iOS technology think that it is still at a developmental stage and that they are far from being able to utilize it to the fullest extent. If only they would take a step back and analyze what is really required from an enterprise level for iOS application development. The fact that a lot of businesses are having second thoughts about embracing iOS development can be attributed to the fact that they haven’t had time to learn about the various framework’s and what they can do for their organizations. Let’s take a brief look at some of the key features of iOS framework that can help businesses get started right away:
First and foremost, iPhone OS is a complete mobile operating system that provides the core controls for all its hardware and software. The iPhone OS runs on the Apple iOS hardware and has been optimized for the general public on a variety of different mobile handsets. So in essence, iPhones are very easy to use. All you need to have is a good keyboard and a thin, light screen, and you are good to go.
The second most important feature of iOS technology is that it has a large storage capacity and this is something that no one could deny about it. A lot of organizations today use iPhone to capture, edit, manage and share images and videos. It has a robust file management system and is capable of running apps that cater to varied personal and professional needs. In short, iPhone is all about apps.
When it comes to third party applications, ios technology has a number of its own. The development kits and SDK for iOS technology are usually available for free on the Apple website. This means that anyone with an interest in developing an app can easily download and install the SDK. Once downloaded, users can work with the SDK to build the necessary software and test their ideas on iPhones via the app store.
Another interesting aspect of its technology is that there are two main layers in the software stack responsible for user experience. These layers are: native code and interface. While the former provides backend functionality to native code, ios technology provides a smooth interface to third party services/applications. Interface layer on the other hand is responsible for communicating with the external world. Layers add security, reliability, flexibility, and performance to an app and this is what sets it apart from its competitors.
On a more practical note, iOS development relies heavily on two different sets of APIs. The first set of APIs refers to system services which are essential for performing tasks on the iOS platform. One example of a system service is Gather Information. Another important API is Metal. API reference for third party development companies who want to extend or customize the functionality of apps. The two most popular open-source frameworks for developing iOS apps include Xcode and Clang.