When developing iOS applications, developers should focus on different iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models to provide a richer user experience across multiple iOS devices. Despite running on the same version of iOS, the screen size, features, and functionality of individual devices differ. So the new models of these various devices recently unveiled by Apple at an event in San Francisco will have a huge impact on iOS app development.
According to the information published by Apple, developers can easily identify the notable features of the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad Pro. The new iPhone models are designed for regular users, while the iPad Pro is designed for professionals and business users. Developers must take advantage of the specific characteristics of different Apple devices so that new iOS applications provide a better and richer user experience and obtain higher returns.
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
The iPhone 6s will have a 4.7-inch screen, while the 6s Plus version will have a 5.5-inch screen size. Since the screen sizes of the new models are similar to the already available 6 and 6 Plus, the screen sizes of the new models will not have a significant impact on the application development front. But the 3D technology introduced by Apple will completely transform mobile app development. The function taken from Apple Watch allows users to apply different levels of pressure on the touch screen of the device.
For example, users can now simply press hard on the Maps app and see shortcuts to related options like Directions to home and Mark my locations. Additionally, the 3D touch feature allows users to quickly view the contents of an email by simply clicking hard on an unread email in the inbox. Quick view will allow users to read your content, without marking the email as read. Therefore, application developers must allow users to access important parts or aspects of an application without opening the application or following certain steps.
The latest iPhone models will also include second-generation Touch ID, 64-bit A9 chip with M9, 5MP FaceTime HD with Retina Flash, 12MP iSight camera and 4K video, and Live Photo. Major manufacturers will use advanced lenses to enhance the 12 megapixel capability of the iSight camera. This feature will encourage users to capture sharper and sharper images and post them to online social media websites. They can even take advantage of the Live Photo function to create a video clip by stitching together high-quality photos. Therefore, the improved iSight camera and Live Photo function will have a definite impact on iOS application development.
Apple has designed the iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch screen size to meet the requirements of business and professional users. Compared to the iPad Air, the Pro version has a larger screen, more processing power, and better accessories. Users now have the option to use Apple Pencil to interact with the iPad screen more proactively. The iPad Pro screen will respond to the level of pressure from the stylus, while displaying the appropriate applications related to drawing and handwriting.
Users also have the option to interact with the iPad Pro via the Smart Keyboard which includes physical keys similar to laptop keyboards. The smart connector included in the Smart Keyboard can transfer more power and data. Apple has already updated its Mail and Notes applications to be compatible with the stylus. When developing apps for this device, iOS app developers should keep in mind that users will love accessing and interacting with their apps via Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. At the same time, they should also focus on Split View, Slide Over, Picture in Picture, and similar multi-tasking enhancements for iPad included in iOS 9.
As is obviously the case, the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad Pro will work with iOS. Apple has already released iOS 9 preview beta versions with several new features and improvements. Therefore, developers should focus on the next version of Apple’s mobile platform, along with the iPhone and iPad models recently introduced by the company.