If you want to become an iPad developer you will have to first learn how you are supposed to develop iPad apps. The process can’t be summarized in just a few words, but can be explained by dividing it into steps. So, here are the main steps that will get you closer to becoming a successful iPad developer.
The first thing that you should do is get your hands on Apple’s development tools and play with them. The official development platform that Apple makes available is called Xcode and can be downloaded for free on any computer. You will also have to get used with the programming language that you will have to use. If you have already developed apps in C++ and Java you will find it easy to develop iOS apps. Otherwise you should consider getting an iPad app development book that will get you started and will teach you the basics.
The next step is to find an idea that it’s worth putting into practice because it brings something valuable and useful in the world of iPad users. After you make sure the idea is at least a bit innovative, you should start thinking about the user interface that you will make available. It’s best if you analyze similar apps and see where their interface lacks the edge that users expect. That’s how you will make sure that your app is the better product. It’s also important to forget all about computers when designing an iPad app because there isn’t any mouse or physical keyboard, so you need to become an expert in touchscreen use and capabilities.
Another important step is to become part of Apple’s developer program. That’s a must if you want your future apps to be made part of the Apple App Store. The catch is that you will have to pay $99 per year. The good news is that you get access to two support calls per year that you will find extremely useful especially if you ever find it nearly impossible to overcome a certain programming issue. Now that you know that the idea behind the app is worth the trouble and you can rely on Apple to make your app famous, you should take the time to carefully develop every feature of the app that you want to make available. You can start with simple versions, see how they look and work on a real Apple tablet and then add one by one all the features that you find necessary. This development stage can take even months depending on the complexity of the app you want to develop. All the hard work you invest will pay off later on.
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