iOS Apps

Designing an iOS App

INform is a good partner for affordable mobile apps.

Creating a native, modern, smart app experience. Whether you want to transform an existing web or Windows legacy application, or start from scratch, INform is here to help you to accomplish both with speed, simplicity and agility.

We have developers that will accompany and help you to define your concept, wireframe your app, storyboard, design the user interface, prototype, then code your app—setting up any server-side architecture, like databases, along the way. Our experienced iOS developer will advise and guide you through each of these phases until your app is submitted to the App Store.

Here is a schematic of MVC Design and iOS App development:

The model-view-controller (MVC) paradigm is a pattern that breaks code down into three core functions—user interfaces (views), data (model), and the software that communicates between the two (controller). It’s also the best way to build a solid iOS app.

Your app’s development starts with the User Interface (UI).

Once the wireframe is created — a document that creates a user roadmap and an architecture for your app’s information — Our UX/UI developer will lay out each screen that your users will interact with in storyboards, known as views. The User Interface is developed with Storyboards and the Interface Builder. This creates the foundation for how your app will work—the interactions between the UI, the database, and the user that make it function. The prototype created will establish a style guide, but it will also serve as a mock-up of the app where our developer will get started on the software plan for the front and back ends.

All iOS apps are powered by event-driven programming.

The interactions mentioned above are always caused by an event. An event is triggered by a user action, which sends a request, manipulates the app’s data, then sends the response back. Defining the interactions that will drive your app lays the groundwork for all the code that will execute your app’s logic.

Design patterns are like scaffolding for your app’s building blocks.

A design pattern is an aspect of software design that solves a certain kind of recurring problem, and iOS has numerous patterns to choose from. These patterns provide solutions to everyday coding issues, enabling developers to write code that is more solid, extensible, and easy to edit. Design patterns can be structural, creational, or behavioral and frame up the code that is written in the next phase of your app.

Now it’s time to build the front and back ends of your app.

The software architecture planning phase happens simultaneously with the UI design, and will often go through many iterations of feedback edits. The developer will ensure whatever design is proposed can be well-supported on the back end, optimized for performance, and can be scalable. Using the Foundation framework and Core Data framework and APIs, a developer will create the model for your app—how data is organized so your app’s controller layer knows how and what to pull, edit, or delete from your database. With Objective-C, Swift, and the Cocoa Touch framework, the controller layer is constructed. A back-end systems engineer—or a developer capable of constructing a back end—is critical in app development, whether you’re building your own back end or opting for a BaaS (Backend as a Service) package.

Test twice, then test again.

Now that the app is developed, testing for functionality and user feedback is a crucial pre-launch step. Your iOS developer will write unit tests, run integration testing, and eventually help debug and revise your app with this feedback before it gets into the App Store.

Software architecture design: Understanding what technology to use on the front and back ends of your app so that it’s well supported and scalable enough to grow with your app
UX & UI Design: The design and software architecture phases require a solid understanding of UX and UI design so prototypes can be built and coding can begin off of those mock-ups.
Design patterns: The iOS software design patterns dictate how your app behaves, so understanding when and where to use these patterns to best support your app is important for smooth, efficient development.

iOS Programming languages:

Swift
Objective-C

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Examples of our iOS Apps:

6-year project, 2010-2016

Sirona

  • Miniature heart monitor with Bluetooth for transfer of ECG via an Android and iOS mobile app, with optimized battery consumption, suitable for long-term monitoring of up to 14 days.
  • Desktop software for communicating with the heart monitor via USB and drawing recorded ECG.
  • Android and iOS mobile app for communicating with the heart monitor via Bluetooth, configuring the heart monitor, notifying the patient of a problem with the electrodes or the heart monitor, and transferring of ECG data from the heart monitor to the cloud.

Centauri

  • Standard heart monitor with a GSM module for real-time remote monitoring of ECG, with battery capacity up to 48 hours.
  • Cloud web app for connecting to the heart monitor, live ECG streaming, and querying recorded ECG.

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