We are talking about one of the classiest operating systems and the most amazing mobile platform that the world has ever seen. It’s heartbreaking, therefore, to see iPhone app developers making some of the silliest of mistakes, that turn an otherwise cutting-edge user experience to an at best, second class user experience.
Isn’t That A Shame!
And so, here’s a list of top 4 iPhone app development mistakes that are too silly to avoid sometimes, but way too common for a developer to ignore:
This is the worse! Your app should be awesome enough for people to register themselves there. Been an iPhone application development company, you can’t make them or force them to do so!
“It must have happened countless times with people.”
They open an app because they think they’ll find a clarification there or maybe rather that interests them. Instead, they find that they have to necessarily fill up a lengthy registration form, only after which they’d be allowed to have even a tour of the app.
The approach is clearly impractical, and one that ensures a user will never come back to this app.
Registration forms that ask for more than an email id a preferred password, name, and mobile number, are already a drag to fill!
On the top of it, if you make someone register even before they have had a chance to take a good look at the app and know whether they find it useful or not, is plain wrong.
Give your users a good set of reasons as to why you think they should register at all. They should be able to use the app as a guest user or something. Registration or sign ups should never be made mandatory. You might want to keep some features that can only be used by the registered users, but don’t restrict the guest users from your app.
Once your user is convinced, they’ll start the signing up process, which you’ll need to keep really simple.
After all, you don’t want your potential users to run off because they were scared of your registration form, now do you?
Design with Too Much Clutter
Even a physical space with a lot of clutter wouldn’t do any good to one’s visual and aesthetic senses; let alone a smaller screen with nothing but virtual clutter.
While mobile phones do take a large chunk of the total attention span of an average human being today, the attention span of this mobile audience for any particular app is extremely low.
What that means is, a person could spend hours and hours on their mobile device, but they won’t be spent on a single app.
People get bored easily, and too much clutter on the screen is the fastest way to bore, or basically make a person tired, out of their wits! Therefore, a decluttered design is what iPhone app development should be about.
People like designs that are clean. So, allowa lot white or blank space in there. A single app screen sounds like something that would stimulate comfort, but it, in fact, does the very reverse. With just one app screen, one loses a track of what they were doing in the first place. Therefore, have each and every thing open in a separate app screen. And make all your icons and buttons clearly visible.
Designing Buttons That Are Not Interactive Enough
You know what’s even worse than having a cluttered design; it’s finding a button and not being able to tap it into action. That’s fairpureirritating. There are too many iPhone apps – too many to count – that make their users face this problem.
It could be a CTA button, or the user might be trying to navigate, or just anything – they should be able to do it with an easy finger tap.
The first thing remembers here is, have buttons with enough space between them. Because what if your user has fat fingers, how do they tap a button, without tapping at least one other button too?
Similarly, make the buttons themselves large enough to be clearly seen and made easy to tap on. This will support your app be more well-organized and cooperative.
Another mistake that iPhone app developers make is, not making the apps readable for the users. Using too many fonts, or not using a good typeface for design, not paying enough attention to the spacing, trying too hard to make it all look exquisite – but in fact all it does is distract your user.
The font should be such that it draws absolutely no attention to how it looks, and all the attention to the content that’s been written. A font called San Francisco introduced by Apple was the right amount of sophisticated and crisp, making it perfect for iPhone app development.
As long as people work, there are going to be mistakes. And that’s the case with everything, not just iPhone app development. In all fairness, to err is human! But, there are always some mistakes that are easily recognizable, even before you send an app out to test – if only you pay a little more attention. The 4 mistakes listed above fall somewhere in that silly mistake category, which can be easily taken care of!
Guest Author: Chetan Sheladiya is IT expert who is the Director at the globally known Metizsoft Solutions. Possessing a lot of knowledge on Web Development, Mobile App Development, and such, Chetan knows exactly what somebody who wants to hire iOS Developer wants. And so, not just by working on extraordinary projects, but also by blogging about all that he believes in, Chetan shares his knowledge base with people all around.