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Apple released first beta versions for iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, watchOS 4 and TVOS 11 for testing to the developers at the WWDC 2017 developer conference. Let’s dig in to find how fresh the features are and how they will elate the user experience.

iOS11

The developer preview of brand-new iOS 11 is available now and first public beta will arrive later this month.

The definitive version of the OS will be released later this year on:

  • iPhone 5S and later
  • all iPad Air and iPad Pro models,
  • iPad 5th generation,
  • iPad mini 2 and later, and
  • iPod touch 6th generation devices.

The latest version of iOS brings:

  • Updated Message app
  • A redesigned app drawer, along with the ability to synchronize messages across multiple devices via iCloud
  • Apple Pay enabling person to person payments.
  • All these transactions will be authenticated via Touch ID.

The Other Notable Releases

  • Siri gets some elegant improvements with the iOS 11 release like the use of deep learning technologies with better natural-sounding voice output.
  • Camera has been updated for recording videos in the HEVC format which means less storage consumption, similar technique is utilized for clicking life moments.
  • Control Center includes all the options in one window.All this can be expanded with the 3D Touch feature.
  • Additionally, apps such as Apple Maps, Home Kit and Apple Music were given a face lift with contemporary design and features.
  • Oh yes! the App Store also has a better interface now.

iPhone app development companies must be well prepared to bring out apps that are up to mark with all these latest updates from the smartphone giant.

Read Also: Top 10 Biggest Keynote Announcements at Google IO 2017

MacOS High Sierra (MacOS 10.13)

  • An updated version of macOS is now available for desktops and laptops.
  • The OS, dubbed macOS High Sierra is provided with more enhanced and powerful Safari browser including a built-in functionality that blocks video and audio auto play.
  • For user privacy, an Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature has been provided that uses machine learning and prevents ads from tracking users.
  • Full Screen split view for better multitasking by using 35% less disk space.
  • A boosted UI that gets a new viewing grid for the latest photos app along with an improved face recognition feature and new improved editing options.
  • MacOS has ditched HFS file system and High Sierra has the 64-bit Apple File System (APFS). With native encryption, this latest OS is much safer to use.

All these latest features mean that every macOS app development company will be brimming to get their hands on it. We see stiff competition in the app development market.

WatchOS 4

  • The platform comes up with some new watch faces.
  • The OS now has fast and smoother access to the company’s virtual assistant.
  • Machine learning studies user data to adapt to the wearer’s daily activities.
  • The watch face updates dynamically after the wearer raises the wrist.
  • An access for controlling home app functionalities is also present now.
  • The OS also has an up-to-date Activity app that provides more personalized updates with a new monthly challenges feature.
  • New animations that celebrate health goals achievement.
  • The OS has been upgraded with gym equipment support too.
  • An updated Music app that auto syncs music based users’ music taste.
  • A new album art that allows users to just tap and play the music playlist.

Read Also: How To Stay On-course in the Wearable App Development Market

Other Updates

Kaleidoscope watch face:

A fascinating design with multiple styles based on color patterns of a selected image.

Toy Story watch Face includes three sub watch faces

  • Woody
  • Jesse, and
  • Buzz Lightyear

tvOS

The tvOS 11 operating system is available to developers for testing purposes.

What a developer should do?

If you are a registered developer you can

  • Download tvOS 11 by connecting any Apple TV to a computer
  • Use a USB-C cable for establishing the connection
  • Install the beta software from iTunes.

As per the Apple’s release notes the tvOS 11 has:

  • An automatic light/dark appearance switching
  • Home screen synchronizing options
  • Latest background modes and notification support
  • Focus API improvements
  • Custom sound support
  • Network-based pairing and development support, and
  • Improvements to Mobile Device Management

So, what does it mean?

Many more public versions are lined up, because all these beta version updates have been released to see how they will perform with the masses.

We think this is the right time for every digital product development organization that is into macOS, iPhone and iOS app development, to get ready for the rumble that these updates will create. The competition just became trendier!

The iOS 10.3 is a major Update for App Owners and Developers

Apple File System (APFS) can be updated to device’ file system (HFS+) by iOS 10.3. This will help save 1-7 GB of storage space. iCloud section displays the settings for icloud backup, keychain and Find My iPhone App etc. It recommends backing up of existing data before updates.

With its compatibility with varied devices like – iPad mini 2 and higher, iPhone 5S and , iPad higher, iPod pro range and iPod 6 and above, iOS 10.3 presents gamut of functionality and has been a most awaited release for iphone users.

Free Wi-Fi Calling

iOS 10.3 now allows free wi-fi calling through connected devices like Apple Watches, Macbooks, iMacs and iPads etc., without direct routing.

Dynamic App Icon

IOS App Developers make seasoned updates with help of suggestions from users but they cannot respond to reviews. iOS users can share their feedback by clicking “helpful” or “not helpful”.

New Menu Settings

Now, users can get all information about their Apple id with details of all connected devices on menu itself. This device also shows all devices connected to iTunes, iCloud, App Store and Family Sharing.

Animation

IOS App Development has come up with some delightful features like animation at opening and closing of apps.

Shortcuts via Carplay

Users get to know their most recently used apps and play it quickly via shortcuts.

Auto Unlock and Notifications

Phone wakes up as soon as holds it. Notifications remain on home screen.

Listen Music Without Air Pods

In case you lose your AirPod and do not wish to spend £65/$69/AU$99 to buy a new one, ‘Find my iphone app’ with its latest feature – ‘Find my Air Pod’ can save you. Especially designed to keep track of Apple’s Wireless Ear Buds and you can still play music.

Water Resistant

iOS 10 notifies its users for a possible damage due to water and provides instructions to avoid it.

De-cluttered Home Screen

Menus are divided into several panels, when swiped up from the bottom. Features like stopwatch, flashlight, calculator, and camera are provided as shortcuts at bottom of screen. iOS app developers have shifted an iOS 9.3 feature, ‘Night Shift’, above this quartet.

Personal Assistant Support

  • Instruction given to Siri in simple language, can help ease the communication and also save lot of time. iPhone App Development has shared this feature with third party IOS App development companies. It gives results that are more accurate the very first time instructions are given.
  • Another interesting feature where Siri is used, with iOS 10.3 is that it can update users with live cricket scores and statistics from ICC and IPL.
  • Siri can now access various apps and used for paying bills, checking payment status, and scheduling future cab rides.

Automated Photo Albums

iOS 10 helps put static pictures together and form a creative photo album. Also, it creates mini movies with pictures and videos

Apple Maps App

  • Although Apple Maps cannot compete with Google Maps still iOS 10 fix, many of its drawbacks like inability to move ahead on the route. It used to springs the user back to the start point, whenever he tries to walk ahead on the route.
  • Now a 3D touch feature in Apple Maps can take quick actions. Weather forecast for current location is displayed, by pushing down weather icon on Maps app.

News Notifications

  • Breaking news notifications are displayed, on home screen even when they are locked.
  • Storekit API can notify users, when developers or app owners share their reviews or reply to any comment.

Summary

Now users can enjoy ‘imessages’ in the same way as they used to do via Facebook, as they can be illustrated with graphics and emoticons. Editing a single document by multiple users has become easy with iOS 10.3. Music streaming has become easy. Room temperature, fan, window blinds, lights everything is managed via home-kit app. Home screen is un-locked by swiping it right. All these and more features, released with final update of release 10 has eased various tasks of iphone developers and users. Apple users await the support for 32 Bit Apps.

How Google Play Store Does Better Than the Apple App Store

Apple or Android, let’s have a glance at some critical features and find out who stands to win:

Sturdy Interface

Google Play undoubtedly features a robust web interface as equated to Apple’s App Store. Searching and selection of apps is easy with Android web interface.

Easy to Install Apps

Smartphone users find it easy to download, install and make use of apps from Google Play Store rather than from Apple App Store.

Adaptability / Compatibility by Smart Devices (Smart Phones / Tablets)

While it is easy to install and adapt to Android apps, this is not the case with Apple. Although Apple App Store has stretched out to include four major platforms – iOS, Mac OS, tvOS, watchOS but still these applications cannot be used by every smart phone.

Featured Apps

Apple app store features only the most downloaded applications conspicuously while with Google Applications are featured based on user recommendations and ratings, which also make them discoverable.

Apps have Global Reach

To publish a game or application on Google Play Store makes these available to over a Billion Android users spread in more than 190 countries.

Enterprise Connect

Educational institutions, big and small organizations can deploy free Google Apps in bulk from Google App Store.

Billing can be checked

Charges for apps, subscriptions and in app products can be granularly controlled by help of Google Play Billing. This method is secure, quick and convenient and users in over 135 countries make use of it.

Helpful in Business Expansion

Google Play Developer Console helps users to publish their games and applications on all Android Platforms.

Open doors to Innovation on Android

Distribution of games and apps on Google Play paves way for style, size, shape, position and layout of latest and ever evolving features like Android TV and Chromecast, Android Auto, Android Wear, Immersive Virtual Reality etc. Superior quality, trusted games and apps are designed for teens, kids and parents to suit their needs.

Trust, assistance and backing

Google ensures that users particularly Android App Developers get optimal experience with help of their Developer Console Help Center. Support team can be reached for any specific issues related to transactions, publications, subscriptions etc.

Google vs. Android Publicity

Google features more than 2, 50,000 apps as compared to Apple which features around 1, 00,000 apps and that too with restrictive inclusion policies.

Read also: Apple Vs Android – A comparative study 2017

iOS App Developer vs. Android App Developer Registration

While Android developers just have to pay $25 to get started with development; it’s not an easy task for iOS developers. One has to pay a $99 / year to develop under Apple Developer Program. A similar structure is followed for getting registered for MFi program and iOS developer University Program.

Functional Features

  • Clock: Better Super daydream clock in Android
  • Keypad: Upper and Lowercase keys better in Android as compared to Apple
  • App Organization: App organization is better in Android than in Apple
  • Priority Notifications: Easy to set notification priority in Android
  • Email Accounts: Switching email accounts is easy with Android as compared to Apple
  • Contacts, Searching, Google Map: All designed systematically and make navigation easy.

Conclusion

Mobile app development companies have to learn how to utilize the quintessential features and potentialities of App Stores, be it Google or Apple. It takes great effort to engage global users and get your app monetized. Five of Apple’s features makes it win over Android – TouchID Fingerprint, Facetime, A physical switch to log into your phone, voice assistant that writes what you speak and default messenger app (to send free messages to other Apple users). Android still wins the game and remains OS of choice.

Swift App Development

The last couple of years is witnessing the emergence of Swift, an iOS App programming language, as the most sought after for iOS App development. So much so, that developers and businesses are embracing it with open hands. But, what is Swift? Why do Enterprises prefer their iOS App development in Swift? Let’s know more.

What is Swift?

Coming from the staples of Apple, Swift is a new language for MacOS, iOS, tvOS and Watch OS. It has been built as the next on the lines of C and Objective-C but without the limitations of compatibility. Swift is also a good replacement for C when it comes to embedded programming in the platforms of Apple.

Swift App development for Enterprises

Enterprise App development has been garnering a lot of attention these days due to the booming number of smartphone usage. This brings the most important question – which programming language is more suited to meet the international requirements for parameters of ease, quality, speed, cost, and image. Well, the popular answer for this is Swift App development, the most preferred by iOS App developers.

Why Swift over Objective-C?

Let us understand some of the key reasons as to why Swift is the better option for your Enterprise App development needs

  • Simplicity

The syntax and keywords of Swift are easy to learn and use and are almost similar to the English language. This means a substantial number of people will embrace app development and usage in Swift.

  • Faster Code development

Swift offers in-line code fixing, which means less amount of time in fixing bugs, which is a huge plus for Enterprises. True to its name, coding in Swift takes fewer lines of code in a lesser timeframe, which again mean fewer bugs and lower cost.

  • Better performance

Compared to C and Objective-C, Apps developed using the Swift algorithm perform better and crash less, making them more efficient.

  • Open Source

Apple offering Swift as an Open Source Tech is opening a world of opportunities. With Swift already supporting all the Apple platforms and Linux, the developer community is working on to include Android too.

  • Quick App loading

Enterprise Apps usually take a long time to load. This is avoided with Swift App development, as App Development in Swift uses Dynamic Libraries that are loaded directly to the memory. This leads to reduced size of the App, leading to faster App loading and increased App performance.

  • Swift Playgrounds

Another interesting feature is the Swift playgrounds. This feature helps iOS App developers to test their codes or algorithm instantly, without having to compile big chunks of it or after creating the entire App. Playgrounds help to quickly test and modify as development happens and progresses.

  • Make a Swift Choice

From the above, it is apparent that Swift has a plethora of advantages to offer compared to other programming languages for Enterprise App development. App development in Swift is faster, cheaper, easier, secure, better performance, and bug-free.

Swift offers the enormous benefit of being able to run on all iOS platforms. Swift also has its presence strongly felt in Embedded programming for wearables App development.

Being open source and backed by an active community of an increasing number of developers, it is pretty clear that Swift is here to stay. All these make Swift App development the ideal and most preferred choice for Enterprise App development.

If you want to opt for Swift App Development, get in touch with our team at Moon Technolabs Pvt. Ltd., one of the leading App Development Company in India. Give us a call at +1(951)801 5251 or a drop a mail at sales@moontechnolabs.com, today!

The emergence of futuristic technologies is blurring the fine lines between the real and the digital worlds. This is even more apparent in the business arena, where technology is being increasingly deployed to enhance customer interaction. One such revolutionizing concept that is creating waves recently is the Beacon Technology.

In simple words, Beacons are low-power transmitters that are equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy. These devices are strategically placed in such a way that when a customer approaches them, they will receive appropriate notifications and messages. With this, the businesses can take benefit of the approaching shoppers, offer attractive notifications that may contain discounts or coupons. to convert them into customers.

iBeacon vs Eddystone

Beacon Technology is used to develop Apps that enable Contactless payment solutions, proximity-based shopping, automated check-ins, and other kinds of automation. As in the world of Mobile Tech, this space is also dominated by Apple with its iBeacon, and Android with its Eddystone. So, if you would like to leverage Beacons for boosting your business, then you need to know which one suits the pilot project of your business better – iBeacon App development or Eddystone App Development?

When to opt for iBeacon App Development

Launched well before Eddystone, iBeacon has the advantage of being the early entrant into this segment. It has the advantage of the availability of a full set of services that support Apple’s protocols in the market.

In case, if the majority of your App users are iOS device users, then iBeacon App Development is a better option. In iOS, scanning for beacons is done at the OS level, and it uses the core location framework. This leads to an increased reliability that is aided by Apples optimized battery usage and scanning performance functions.

If you also happen to have a large beacon fleet that supports only iBeacon at the firmware level, then it makes sense to opt for iBeacon App Development.

Moreover, iBeacon is a widely-adopted beacon technology as it is simple and easy to implement.

When to go for Eddystone App Development

Eddystone has the huge advantage of transmitting rich and strong data to your devices. While iBeacon uses only one packet of identification, Eddystone uses three different kinds – UID, URl and TIM. With this Eddystone URL, you can reach out to the vast number of Google Chrome and Google Now users through the Physical Web functionality. With Eddystone TLM – you can get data on your Beacon, its battery level, packets sent, etc.

So, if you are developing a customized solution for your customer where you need to show their app’s users info about their beacon, then Eddystone is a better option than iBeacon.

Eddystone is Open format, providing a great perceptibility of its working. It is also expected to include more packets apart from the current 3 in the future, which vastly increases its reach and usage. It also has the added benefit of integration with other Google products and services. Apart from Eddystone’s ability to enable App installs, it also facilitates App-Beacon interactions through Google Instant Apps. It enables any Android device to be used as a BLE device through a Free App, which is very beneficial during the testing and development stages.

If your App is targeted for the Android users, then the clear choice is Eddystone App Development.

Conclusion

Being an emerging technology, the market is still in its early stages with a lot of new functionalities and integrations being released every day. So, if you want to transform the way your customers shop and increase their engagement, then it is imperative to go for iBeacon App Development and Eddystone App Development.

At Moon Technolabs Pvt. Ltd, we are one of the leading iBeacon App Development companies in India. We have a robust team of iOS App Developer, and iBeacon App Development experts who are well experienced in developing Apps for various niches like Payment Solutions, Push Notifications, Shopping, Travel, Health and other Interactive app solutions.

Get in touch with us today at sales@moontechnolabs.com, to understand more on how we can help you leverage Beacon Tech for your business.