iPhone App development

What does it take to develop an iOS App?

Rushik Shah User Icon By: Rushik Shah

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Software development in general is considered to be hard and tedious. The general impression being that it takes an in-depth knowledge of the programming concepts as well as programming skills and the knowledge of the programming language to develop a software. The same applies to mobile applications as well. It is true to some extent. Developing native mobile applications or software applications for a computer does require a great deal of knowledge regarding the basic concepts of software development. However, it is also true that there are several alternative methods to develop mobile applications and many of these methods do not require a great deal of programming skills.

Essential skills and resources to develop an iOS App:


Besides the basic IT skills and the need to be IT savvy to some extent, there are also a few hardware and software requirements. To start with basic iOS development is required to be done on a Mac. The ideal machine would be a Mac using an Intel processor and running Mac OS X (10.8) or above. Many of us do own a PC while only few people own a Mac. Hence there are alternatives too, however a Mac Mini can also be the way to go.

Apple Account:

It is necessary to register as an Apple Developer and this can be done for free on their website. Doing so provides access to Xcode, which is a developing environment. It also provides access to plenty of other resources like documentations and technical resources.


Xcode is the basic developing environment that is used to develop the iOS App. There are several alternative methods of developing an iOS app. For example, there are several third party interactive packages and websites that offer an interactive interface and help you create your own App and upload it the store in quick time. However, there are several limitations in what can be achieved with such apps.

iOS Developer Program:

It is necessary to enrol in the iOS Developer Program if you need to teste the app on your devices. However, this app cannot be submitted to the Apple Store at this stage. You will require to subscribe to an annual membership like either individual, organization or enterprise program in order to be able to load the application to the apple store.

Skills required:

A certain level of programming skills will be required to develop an iOS application. This includes knowledge of iOS multi touch, cocoa framework, GPS posting, Xcode and Web Services at the least. The programming language allows a high level of access and hence an in-depth knowledge of the features at a technical level will work to our advantage.

iOS Development with Alakmalak:

Alakmalak is a Web Development firm that has successfully completed more than 2000 projects, besides which they have also developed a high number of iOS applications. This includes apps for the iPhone as well the iPad. Alakmalak has a team of skilled iOS developers and one of the main advantage of selecting Alakmalak for your mobile app development needs is that they are involved in providing services for several technologies. Hence there are plenty of resources for every project taken up and at any point of time, to make sure of timely delivery of project.

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