If stats are to be believed, there are about 2.2 million iOS apps in the app store in 2017. The number has gone from 800 apps in the month of its launch in July 2008 to 2.2 million in January 2017. Apple had paid a total of 86 billion U.S. dollars to iOS app developers and a year ago this figure amounted to 60 billion U.S. dollars. With the growing pace of iPhone app development, it is important to keep tab on new trends.

The trends in iOS app development keep on changing year after year. It does create a major impact on the business of organization. Here are trends to follow in 2018 that each and every iPhone app development company needs to follow:

Apple HomeKit

Apple’s HomeKit lets users to communicate as well as control connected devices and accessories in home using app. HomeKit framework allows users to configure accessories and create actions to control devices. Users can even create group and actions together and trigger them using Siri. Several companies are now creating smart home products that collaborate together in a secure and user-friendly manner.

HomeKit’s pairing process allows the use of iPads and Apple TVs as HomeKit hubs within the home. At the annual CES gadget show held in Las Vegas, Nevada manufacturers unveiled more voice-controlled devices -- speakers and beyond. Several products were empowered by technologies empowered by Apple’s Homekit. For instance, products that work on Apple’s HomeKit will get a major overhaul with the launch of Apple’s HomePod Smart speaker.

According to a report, Canalys predicts that 2018 will be "the defining year" for smart speaker adoption, with the global market expected to grow to 56.3 million shipments by the end of the year, up from just over 30 million in 2017.

Apple's HomePod will be one of multiple new entries in the market to help smart speaker consumer adoption grow this year.

Apple Pay will be More User-Friendly

Apple Pay will continue to grow in 2018 and have a dramatic impact on commerce. Apple Pay, a digital online mobile wallet makes it easy for iOS users to make payments. And it will support all the iOS devices including iPhone, iPad, iOS watches and mac laptops. With acceptance at just 3 percent of U.S. retailers when launched, the Apple Pay is now supported at 50 percent of stores. It is now one of the world’s most accepted contactless payment technology.

According to the stat, there has been an incredible hike of about 500% on transactions using Apple Pay. The iOS developers can easily implement Apple Pay in their application. The robustness of security can be considered from the fact that in Apple Pay you don’t need to store your debit or credit card information.

Cloud-based Applications

iOS app developers are designing cloud driven mobile applications. With the growing demand for cloud technology, it is becoming effortless to get data without impacting internal phone memory. With cloud-based apps like Dropbox, Google Drive, various mobile apps are going to be cloud driven in the near future. Cloud based apps resolve the problem related to data security problems consistent in BYOD world (Bring Your Own Device).

There is perennial problem related to protecting sensitive data with regards to employee devices, which are not completely safe and secure. With Cloud, companies can be assured that data is safe and secure.

Advancement in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Siri

Apple’s personal assistant Siri has gained prominence worldwide, bringing about a major change in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and contextual learning as Siri understands what people are searching and speaking.

IoT-Focused Apps Will Come to the Forefront

IoT is the buzz word and it is gaining prominence with each passing day. Investment, revenues and profits from IoT is growing at an exponential rate. iOS app developers are already building applications that can communicate with Internet-enabled devices.

As IoT companies continue to provide robust and sophisticated products in the market, iOS app developers will aspire to create value-adding apps that will help users get the most out of their IoT products.

Recognition of digital signals from the sensors deployed in IoT devices and secure exchange of information over Wi-Fi networks will be the areas of focus for iOS developers for 2018 and beyond.

Core Machine Learning

Core Machine Learning is one of the most widely discussed trends in iOS app development. It is a machine learning framework launched by Apple and has been proving effective for tasks related to Camera, QuickType or Siri.

With its robust library, the Core ML will offer communication applicable to all iOS devices. Moreover, it will also be useful in face detection understanding the language and developing the AI-based games. The developers will be able to build highly interactive apps.

Augmented Reality (AR) and ArKit

With the launch of iOS 11 and 11.3 very recently, the focus has now shifted towards ARKit. iOS app developers will be able to develop 3D and virtual reality-based mobile application with AR. In fact, ARKit will also receive ample support from Amazon’s Sumerian application platform. And ever since Amazon has collaborated with Apple’s ARKit, several businesses are exploring the same option. Thus, the present year 2018 will be fruitful for the AR and VR apps.

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