There’s a lot of harsh criticism going out about the changes being introduced in iOS 7, and even a few publishers who are very happy about some of the new features, but what do these changes mean for your apps?
The UI and visual changes that have been introduced at WWDC this year are the most extreme since the introduction of the iPad, or iPhone 5. When was the last time you opened up an application that wasn’t compatible with the iPhone 5? What was your first reaction? It seems old, outdated, and like the developers don’t care enough to update it right? Typically we end up finding replacements for these apps, since it looks like those developers don’t care enough to do even the most basic updates, so they probably don’t spend much time or thought on it right?
The same will be true for the iOS 7 update. Old apps that aren’t updated to conform to the new styles being introduced might still work, but they clearly look out of place.
So what if you’re not developing your own apps, but instead are relying on different vendors to update your applications? Do you have to pay them for each change they make? Every year Apple comes out with a new Operating System for their mobile platform, are you paying again and again just to make your mobile apps consistently work? What about including the new features like AirDrop Sharing? How about the new multitasking support, which will allow applications to pre-load content so its ready for you immediately when you ask for it? If you’ve got a News app out there, you’re going to need to support that. Users will expect it, and if you don’t have it they’ll replace you with someone that does. How can you keep up with all these new features for all of your applications?
Fortunately, Newstex’s solution works very well for these types of issues. Since we have a platform, we update all of our applications each time these new features are released. We’re use to Apple’s constant updates, and your application gets all these updates without you paying for extra development costs. We have to add the new features and compatibility anyway; and we only add it once. All of our applications run off of one unified platform, with your custom modifications on top of it including things like Colors, Logos, and even enabling and disabling custom feature sets.
There’s a lot to do just to keep up with all the iOS changes. If you’re managing dozens of apps across multiple vendors, how are you going to be able to make sure everything is up-to-date with all the new features, and the new requirements?
Despite it’s criticisms, we have no doubt that iOS 7 will be launched this fall, and all applications will need to be updated to really support it. We’ll be ready.