A Short Guide to iPhone App Design

The iPhone app design is an integral part of the application’s success in the market. Apple has set the usability and design bar incredibly high, so the platform requires a lot of attention to the design. The users on iOS are used to having an intuitive interface so they have some pretty high expectations as to the design of the third-party apps.

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When you design an app for iPhone you need to ask yourself a few questions before proceeding to photoshop or sketch. Start with the basic questions like what is the main focus of the application, what functionality requires the most of the user’s attention, think if he/she needs any tips to understand what the application is all about.

Then, eventually proceed to more complicated questions and solutions like the placement of the elements on the screen, their sizes, and other similar things. 

Benchmarking the iPhone design apps


Try analyzing the colors that are being used and try to find out how your app design can differentiate from the competition. Users love fresh design ideas as long as they are intuitive enough.

There is always a great aspiration to create something new in terms of UX mobile design, but the main problem is that you need to test if your design is convenient enough for your target users. It can be done by asking your friends or acquaintances to try out the app with your design and get feedback from them. 

The details in applications for iPhone designs


These instructions are not obligatory but rather recommendatory. There is a lot you can learn from these instructions when you design an app for the iPhone. The placement of controls, the types of alerts, the highlights of certain elements, the color palette, color schemes, the usage of both systems, and custom UI elements.

Even if you are planning to use your own unique design – don’t hesitate to tread through the HIG’s because it was compiled by professional designers and that means there is always a great piece of advice that can be found there. Always design apps for iPhone with iOS users in mind. And always remember to try to make the design as intuitive as possible.

The App Solutions knows how to design iPhone apps that users love. We have huge experience in this field and are always willing to share our experience with our clients.

iPhone App Development Company

We believe that native iPhone app development is the way to start your mobile journey if you need access to a broad functionality of the device’s function. The benefits definitely outgrow the cons of the native software.

The main benefits include full access to device features, offline work, faster performance, and more app design possibilities. These are the pros you should definitely consider when planning to develop apps for the iPhone. We’ll go through the main pros and cons further on in the article.

What is native iPhone application development?

The native applications for the iPhone have a huge set of pros comparing to Hybrid or HTML5 apps. The main benefit is full access to all the device features.

The process of developing native applications implies the creation of software that is built based on the architecture of the operating system that is installed on the device.

The native iPhone app differs from hybrid or web applications mainly by the availability of built-in technology of the device.

Full access to device features


This cannot be done with an HTML5 or Hybrid application.

Offline mode


This can be beneficial for many app publishers because it gives your users more freedom for interacting with the app.

Faster performance


More app design possibilities

penA set of native UI frameworks can be very helpful when designing non-standard user interfaces. There are many tools that you can flawlessly implement in the application contributing to the UI / mobile app UX

This eases the implementation of gorgeous animations, transitions, and motion controls.

The only con of the native software development approach is the higher iPhone app development cost. Though, in the end, the higher cost of developing native applications usually pays off with higher ROI after the application’s release.

The higher return on investment rate is believed to be induced by a better overall user experience. In mobile business – the user experience is an integral part of the success. That is why we strongly recommend developing native iPhone applications for all major business application purposes.

The iPhone app developer for your business needs

The App Solutions offers iPhone application development service and we are proud of our iPhone app developers team to have broad competence in various business mobile solutions. Our experience with custom iOS applications spreads across many business spheres, including education, e-commerce, enterprise, social, geo-location, healthcare, media, and many others.

Given our broad experience, you can rely on The App Solutions as a key business partner and an iPhone app development company for your mobile ventures.

Start developing iPhone apps today

Developing iPhone apps is a big paradigm for all digital and offline businesses. These applications help businesses grow, acquire, and retain loyal customers across various categories.

There are many app development companies on the market but outsource application development company App Solutions is the right choice cause we know how to develop iPhone apps that are really capable of improving your business.

Contact us today to find out how your business can benefit from going mobile.

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Breaking Down Average Cost of iPhone App Development (The APP Solutions Experience)

iPhone app development cost is a pretty hot subject. Every entrepreneur aims to optimize the app development budget because, as a rule, he creates a new product under conditions of uncertainty.

A little while time ago we have already observed the problem of the app development cost estimation and the drivers of development price in our blog post: How To Estimate Basic Expenses For Your Mobile App Development

In this article, we are going to take a closer look at iPhone app development cost by disclosing the cost of the most essential app features.

Please note – the estimates below are based on the experience we’ve had, but it does not mean your project would require exactly that amount of hours. It all depends on what features you’d like and what is the timeframe for the project. 

The most demanded mobile app categories

At The APP Solutions, we get a lot of requests to estimate the cost of apps like Uber, Tinder, WhatsApp, and others.

Let’s figure out an average cost to develop an iPhone app through the cost of the most common features in popular apps.

On the basis of our experience, we distinguish between the most demanded app types:

  • Taxi/Carpool App
  • Dating App
  • Messenger App
  • Geolocation App

Taxi/Carpool Mobile App

Uber App is considered to be a good reference for apps from Taxi/Carpool industry. Normally the Taxi/Carpool app should include the following options:


It is one of the most crucial features of this type of app. The technology of GPS tracking is used to determine the current location, find cars, and track the route. Moreover, the exact journey tracking helps estimate the fare. The process of implementation of the same feature as in the Uber app has could take about 140 hours of teamwork.

According to the APP Solutions rates, it may cost from $2,800 to $3,500 (depending on the requirements.)

Passenger/Driver apps

To ensure an excellent taxi service your mobile app should possess a set of 3 different products: two separated apps for passenger and driver and an admin dashboard.

The passenger app in its turn has to provide the following basic features: registration, taxi booking, payment, push notifications, ride history, driver`s review, and rating.

The app for drivers may duplicate some features may from the passenger`s taxi app, such as registration, push notification, and messenger, etc. But here some unique features as well: status, order alert, navigation, estimation, and reports.


Providing a taxi app with a payment system is a long-term undertaking and may take about 60 hours of work. We implement the solution of gateway providers like Stripe or Braintree that help to set safe and convenient payments.

User profile

It is an essential feature to carry out payments, create loyalty programs, save ride history, and provide other important options for registered passengers. The “Log in” option can be implemented through existing social networks like Facebook or via email and phone numbers. Normally it takes about 60 hours to provide a taxi app with this feature.

Drivers rating system

An option that helps customers to choose the best driver according to his ranking. Also, it helps to respond to complaints and maintain a high level of service quality. It does not take too much time to implement the rating system, you can count on 10 hours of work.

Based on the experience our developers have had with the previous taxi mobile apps, it takes about 4-5 months of work and costs about $35,000 per platform.

Dating App

Considering that our world is slowly becoming virtualized so unless you find someone to date at the university or school or work, online dating apps are the gateway to meeting new people. Besides, people nowadays are almost inseparable from their mobile phones, so dating apps are a great help for those who can’t simply venture out into the world and meet strangers. Anyway…

Successful dating apps should possess a number of features.

Swipe-to-like interface

Today the swiping feature became a new way to ‘Like’ anything. To provide the swiping feature just like the Tinder app has may take 30 hours.

Built-in chat

Dating apps are impossible without messaging. This feature may take an enormous amount of developers’ time depending on the messenger options and complexity. On average it takes 40 hours.

Matches nearby

It is important to empower dating app with geolocation services to search the person nearby. Otherwise, your users risk getting a broken heart.

Based on our own experience, the implementation of matchmaking algorithms could take more than 100 hours (most of the work will be done on the backend.)

The APP Solutions team implemented the same feature in our last project – The all Square app.

AllSquare is a social network for golf lovers. The project uses geolocation technology to let users find the nearest golf course and make check-ins. We compared the data of golf club location with the user’s location and showed the nearest golf courses on the map.

Also, the nearest hotels to the golf courses are shown in the app. We tied up our app with Booking.com service via API so that a user can book a hotel via Booking.com directly from the AllSquare app.


Messengers can be a part of the dating app (that we’ve mentioned above) or a standalone mobile app that allows users to exchange texts and pictures. The app with messaging ability should possess the following basic features:

Direct & Group messages

In the case of iOS app development from scratch, it takes up to 30 hours to make the primary text exchange feature between two users. It may take up to 75 hours together with backend development.

Also, the app needs to have the backend part to store the conversation history and provide users with it in case they logged in on another device.

Push notifications

We use turnkey solutions and integrate Apple Push Notifications to inform users about new message arrival. To provide this feature on iOS devices takes 24 hours.

Media content support

A capability to send media content enriches virtual communication with real emotions. To share photos with a smile, video memories, or audio with a love confession, is amazing, isn’t it?

Implementing the capability for the photo, video, or audio support takes approximately 40 hours.

Rich links

It is exactly the same feature as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger provide in their chats. The feature of rich links gives users an idea of what a link is about even before it’s opened by creating a small website preview. To empower your messenger with rich links could take from 26 to 32 hours.

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Geolocation App

The main purpose of geolocation apps is to allow users to search for places, people, etc. For example, think of the FourSquare mobile app that helps you to find a good place to eat or spend time with your friends. Geolocation technology even has created a new niche of location-based services. Every geolocation app should include:

Maps integration

Maps help users navigate the terrain by providing the app with a variety of compasses, schedules of urban transport, terrain navigation, and even astronomy maps.

Venues profiles

Besides simply helping navigate in the city (or wherever you are), sometimes you want a description of the venue you’re planning to go to (if that’s your first time there). Therefore, a good geolocation app would have venue profiles in it that help to understand what to expect. 

Search nearby

This feature compares the data of the venue location with the user’s location and showed the nearest venue on the map.

Check out our project Nuwbii where the geolocation component gets the main role. Newbie app is an innovative resource that helps find products and services in the neighborhood. The results of a search are organized by the current location of the user due to the geolocation component.

To create a simple mobile app with the geolocation functionality described above would take from 2 to 3 months with a total cost of up to $11,000 (depending on your requirements.)


As you see the app development cost may vary widely. The cost of labor is the primary driver of price, it can vary as many, as there are countries with developers. But understanding the cost of the basic app’s features will help you know the rough estimation of your project.

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