Tips for iOS App Development Usability
Written by Hemendra Singh on February 16, 2018
iOS – the mobile operating system which was originally developed for the iPhone and has been extended to other Apple devices such as Apple TV, iPad, iWatch and iPod Touch. Being a most popular brand, Apple has revealed to the world that innovation and reliability are its ultimate motive. Every year, Apple works out on iOS to enhance the usability of applications.
If you are an iOS app developer, you might be questioned about why iOS applications are better than any other apps. You are spending a number of hours in learning how to deliver an excellent app, how to make the app user-friendly and work on the standard practices to follow in app development. But the important thing is usability. Yes, the usability of the app is the reason behind choosing the iOS apps over other apps.
iOS app development and design are two important aspects and need to pay deliberation in order to provide high usability in an app. In this post, we would like to list some valuable features on usability which you can put in your iOS applications to impress your users. The app store is flooded with a number of apps but a few of them have the ability to make its users fan of it. The user- experience is the broad term in itself.
Tips for iOS App Development Usability
- Keep your design simple
- Improve Findability
- Quick Launch Options
- Interactive Push Notifications
- 3D touch in your app
- Split Screen and Slide Over
- TouchID Authentication
Let’s explore how you can make most out of it in your apps:
Keep your design simple
All you are going to do is to make your users satisfied with your app completely. If they are happy, your efforts are worthy. Have some goals for user interface in your mind. Try to know what may be the obstacles when you will be trying to accomplish them.
Also, you can relate your target audience and app’s functionalities to make the design accordingly. Users must have the idea about the app and its functionalities. Don’t add unwanted features to divert them from the path. Try minimalistic design terms and create a simple and highly usable approach for you.
This would be the plus point to an app if the user can search their intended product or service inside the app easily. Your user may become frustrated and leave the app if he is not able to find the right stuff in your app. He may even downrate the app and can leave a bad review which will cause you a big loss.
Provide an in-app search engine to improve the findability of all products, services or any content with ease and quick results.
There are lots of searches you can put in your app to improve its findability like filtered search, faceted search, suggestive search etc to provide ease to the users. An improved search makes user’s journey easy with the app.
Quick launch options
This is a power tip. Users have a collection of apps and folders, they feel hotchpotch in every corner of the screen. You can use this pain point to make your app’s gain point. Allow your users to quickly launch your app on the home screen with ‘quick launch options’.
Interactive Push notifications
App publishers send the pop-ups or push notifications to engage their users. Think, if it is not pushing the users to take actions? You should give a try to make the push notifications interactive. Use simple buttons so that the users can press and reach to the actions easily.
Generally, push notifications are used to show the latest deals like sports update, coupon code, flash sale etc. You can use real-time information to get an immediate response from the users. The users will take significant actions after finding the content of their interest. Take all these advantages by developing interactive push notifications as per the nature of the app.
3D touch in your app
Adding an extra layer of functionality is to provide 3D touch in your app. With the help of 3D touch, users can preview the pieces of content before watching it. 3D touch is helpful to achieve higher user interaction and more visibility in the app store. You can reach to maximum users by integrating 3D touch in your app.
Split Screen and Slide Over
Sometimes, users may feel frustrated because of using an app at one time. Even if they need to open other apps at the same time, they have to leave one app and use other. As a developer, you can help users by adding this feature in your next app which saves time and efforts of users and allows them to use two apps at the same time on one screen without leaving one for other.
It is like multitasking on the screen which increases the productivity of applications. This feature is optimized for iPad applications. The three main multitasking functions are – Split view, Slide-Over, and Picture-in-Picture.
Split view is used to optimize two apps at the same time and provides the ability to adjust the screen distribution as per the viewing needs. By picture-in-picture feature, you can watch the video on one side and optimize other apps on another side such as checking emails. A brand new feature storyboard is also launched which supports all screen rotations.
Users can develop a workflow by outsourcing tasks to other apps that can do the tasks better. This feature is called app extensions. For instance, posting updates on package delivery, embed photo editing tools in your gallery or camera is the app extension feature. Users can pick their desired services for storage, sharing, document provider and file provider by a single app and developers can focus on main features while developing iOS applications.
Typing password or using a password manager is a fence that put off anyone. You can use TouchID authentication to allow your users to quickly access the app securely. Before you can set up Touch ID, you need to create a passcode for your device. It is a fingerprint authentication which allows users to authenticate the app using a fingerprint. It is secure and widely adopted in many apps to avoid typing username/password.
There are lots of features which can improve the usability if implemented wisely. App development companies are continuously focusing on bringing out the improvements in usability to satisfy their clients. Make sure that you are well prepared for the upcoming troubles. You have checked your app for any shortcomings like it never gets crashed and it is recommended that you have tested your project before release. Furthermore, register them before uploading to the app store.
My name is Hemendra Singh. I am Managing Director and co-founder of The NineHertz, a Mobile App Development Company. I am having a keen interest in the latest trends and technologies that are emerging in different domains. Being an entrepreneur in the field of IT sector, it becomes my responsibility to aid my audience with the knowledge of latest trends in the market.