iPhones and iPads applications are no more away from a business-oriented utilization. Initially, most of the iPhone apps were mostly intended for the common user, nowadays the trend has been shifted to business users.
iPhone application development has seen a drastic change in its inherent attribute since 2007 due to its tremendous popularity for hosting applications. From an era where iPhone apps were just used by a handful of users for limited functions, they are now used by people from all walks of life. These mobile apps have also made their way into day to day business activities and are much sought after.
The initial version of iPhone i.e. iPhone OS 1.0 (iOS wasn’t used back then for Apple’s mobile device OS) was launched with the revolutionizing capacitive touchscreen, where the primary interaction model was the human touch. Along with capacitive touch, there were features like mobile web browser, widescreen, software keyboard, etc. in this newly born device. The smooth transitions and eye-pleasing visuals of the UI of the device were the center of attraction for its users and so became the reason of its popularity over other market competitors like BlackBerry, Windows Phone etc.
Most of the applications developed for this version were solely for the purpose of common users. Since third-party applications were not welcomed in this version of iPhone, it didn’t create as huge as an impact in the mobile app development industry, as it possibly could. However, after Apple involved third-party apps in later version of iOS in its app store iTunes, it totally revolutionized the concept of software development for mobile.
More freelance developers and organizations started contributing in developing iOS applications for various businesses and common masses. Different organizations started deploying iOS apps for brand-building and marketing purposes as the accessibility to users became easier with this application development process.
Different areas of application of iOS apps are:
- Gaming and Entertainment
- Customized apps for organizations
- Social Networking
As Apple sensed the huge market of deploying the iPhone apps in businesses, it started working upon refining and rectifying the problem areas in its architecture to suit the business environment. The result of such change is that the distribution of application in business purposes also increased. Different businesses related apps are now built for iOS, which can be deployed for various operational purposes like
- Inventory management
- Sales and marketing
- Accounts and Finance
- Enterprise Mobility etc.
Additional functionality of the device became an easy solution for the organizations as different professional services providers develop customized applications for these organizations to improve and streamline various business operations and processes.