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Why the iOS Application Development is better for developers

May 8th 2014 at 3:25 AM

Fast forward to 2014, and we are seeing a battle of a different kind. Apple is in this fight also with its iOS platform for phones and tablets, while Google is on the other side of the ring with its Android OS. Now both have pros and cons in terms of usage, but it would be better to look at it from the side of the developer.

Money and returns

At the end of the day we all want money to lead a better life. And on that count, the iOS application development side seems to be winners hands down. Not only are the returns for the apps better than those made for android, but the difference is a whopping four times in favour of the apps made for iOS, according to one statistic.

Of course money is not all that matters, but it still is a very important factor. This is especially critical for companies who are solely dependent on apps for business. This does not mean that you discard all your Android apps and concentrate solely on iOS, but it does mean that you never build apps for Android alone. Always have an iOS version to pull in the money.

Uniformity

One factor that sets apart iOS operated phones from Android based devices is the fact that that underlying hardware is pretty much the same across different models. Android devices are made by so many different companies who use a variety of components.

Thus you can never be completely sure that an app made for Android will run smoothly on all Android devices. Of course you can choose which devices are allowed to use your app based on their configuration, but even with matching configurations, problems can arise due to different hardware.

Apple devices on the other hand more or less are configured the same way, whether it be hardware or software. Thus, for an iOS app developer, the extent of testing needed is reduced by a considerable margin.

Screen

Carrying on from the previous point the screen resolutions across all Apple based phones are limited to only two options. This is of course if you are not considering apps for the tablets from the same brand. But even if you did opt to make apps for both the phones and tablets the number of resolutions that you would need to consider would be highly limited.

Compare that with the astronomical number of screen sizes and resolutions that you need to consider when designing for Android. Even if you do come up with responsive designs which change and adapt to different resolutions, you can never be sure how it will look in the final version.

Though so much has been said about the advantages of the iOS system over the Android platform, Windows Mobile App Development is also catching on very fast. Windows seems to possess most of the features that the iOS has. The question of the primacy of iOS in the development field is still an open one.

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