Developing apps for iPhones or iPads, gives us a new set of challenges for graphical user interface (GUI) designers & devs. Do you fall into either of these categories? Have you got a background in developing software for PCs? The chances are you may be called upon to use your skills to develop new applications and services for iPhones & iPads. Maybe your company has asked you to develop software for use on devices issued to its sales force, service reps out in the field, or other mobile workers. Rest easy. Most of the knowledge you have gained working with larger, more powerful systems is transferable. But devices like the iPhone & iPad also bring with them special requirements that you quite possibly may never have encountered in the world of PCs. There are a great deal of key issues that centre on the tech as well as the users of the tech.
Because of their limited screen size, memory & processing power, iPhones & iPad apps set limits on what can be accomplished. Developing new apps for these iPhones requires graphic design skills, useability skills & inginuity. Besides these constraints, you must also respond to the expectations of your end users — mostly the general public. Unlike PC application users who are accustomed to working with big screens, loads of memory, and quite complex technology, consumers want devices that are simple, intuitive, and reliable. It's not acceptable to have to reboot their iPhone in the middle of a conversation. Apps need to be reliable. This is extended to corporate users who are highly computer literate have the same expectations of simplicity, reliability, and ease of use when it comes to their iPhone & iPad apps.
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