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5 Reasons to Develop for iOS First

There has been a lot of debate over the merits of developing apps and software for Apple’s iOS over Android and other systems. On the one hand, Android offers the advantage of a more open source platform, and consequently lacks Apple’s controlling approach to its platforms. However, iOS has multiple advantages, both in terms of being able to showcase developed work through a greater market share, as well as for the specific multi tasking features, speed and stability of iOS’s derivation from OS X, and for the individual benefits to developers from earnings through Apple. Some of the key reasons to develop for iOS first include:

1 – Market Share

It may seem like an obvious point, but Apple have a much larger share of the smartphone and tablet market than any other company. In this way, software and apps developed for iOS are more likely to reach a much larger number of people via the App Store. The popularity of the iPad has also opened up the tablet market, ensuring that there is always a demand for new apps and software for Apple products.

2 – Multi Tasking

One of the key strengths of working with iOS is the platform’s ability to handle a range of different tasks simultaneously. iOS is generally faster and more responsive than Android and other platforms, and in the hands of an experienced developer can be made to work in more efficient ways.

3 – Higher Earnings

If a number of reports are to be trusted, iOS developers generally make more money, and have greater long term job opportunities than developers that work for Android. Moreover, while the App Store features its own forms of revenue, skilled developers can also gain access to web based tools, support and financial incentives by joining the iOS Developer Program, where new apps and software can be rapidly produced and refined.

4 – Speed Testing

Another benefit of iOS is that it represents one of the fastest ways to get apps out and onto Apple devices for testing. The functionality of Android is limited, by comparison, because of the range of different codes and the stability of the platform. In this way, developers working with iOS have a much simpler set of templates that they can work with and innovate from. Screen solutions for iOS are generally either 320×480 or 640×960, compared to the range of different resolutions and adjustments that have to be made for Android and other platforms.

5 – Benefits of Objective-C

The iOS programming language is arguably much more resilient and flexible than Android, and makes the most of dynamic Objective-C rather than Java or Flash. The use of native code in iOS is also superior, in some respects, to Android’s virtual machine, while iOS features a more mature architecture that can be easily adapted compared to the open source fragmentation of Android. As a result, developing for iOS can be much faster and more efficient, even if Android processors are sometimes faster than those developed for Apple.

Author Bio:- Rob James is a technophile working in conjunction with DCL Mobile providers of business mobile phone deals.  Rob usually blogs about all things mobile related, and loves checking out the latest gadgets and gizmos.

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  • Xennex1170

    July 17, 2012, 6:31 am

    Concerning point 1. I recently found to my surprise that I could not see Japanese iOS Apps in the App Store when using a US iPhone4 via Wifi in Japan. If this is true does this indicate some sort of division for having to submit the same App to multiple iOS App Stores across multiple countries? At the same time I noticed that I had no problems seeing Apps for other countries and languages using an Android device in Google Play.


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