A lot of people cashed in big time on the Apple iPhone apps and it is definitely going to be the same with iPad apps.
Making an ipad does not require you to an expert or a tech geek. Normal people like you and more have experienced success. To be successful you just need to know what to do and how to do it and you will do just fine.
Here are the key factors to keep in mind:
It is important to know your target market. Most of the people that buy and use the iPad are older folks that are older than 30 to about age 55. It includes both men and women but realistically it is mostly men who are well off or who have done well for themselves. They are mostly interested in apps that will make their lives easier, apps that will make them more productivity and applications that will improve the way they do their businesses.
Important factors to take away from market research in terms of the application you want to make and who will be using it are:
- You need to define who will be more likely to be interested in buying your application.
- What is their age group
- What is the most common problem that they share
- How can your application solve the biggest problem that they have
What can you learn from the top 5 to 10 of the top application in the market that you want to venture into?
Spend time studying the apps that are already in the market. What do people love about them? Find out what people are raving about them and what are they complaining about. Find out what makes them similar and different and what makes them similar. What is important here is to find out what they are missing so that you can offer whatever is missing that customers are looking for, look for improvements that you can make and the kind of value that you can offer.
Know What the iPad Is Capable of Doing and Performing
You are probably aware of the iPhone, and when compared with the iPad keep in mind that the iPad screen is bigger at 1024 x 768. The point I am trying to make is that you need to know and understand the inner workings of the iPad and the applications.
Some features that you need to consider include split view, popovers, keyboards that are customized as well as the capability to support multiple formats from pdf to txt.
Guidelines For Creating A Great App
Once you have a picture of how your application is going to look and do, you need to incorporate the users and what they expect from it.
Important factors to keep in mind are:
- Design your application so that it functions in both portrait and landscape modes
- Make sure the application only presents what the user needs at that moment. Non relevant or confusing information can really bore the user so you need to ensure that your app can hide information that is not needed at a particular time.
- Take the best of existing applications that users are already familiar with such as tap, pinch and drag
- You can make your application compatible with other applications such as other desktop applications.
- If at all possible, make your applications to be universal so that they can be both used by iPhone and iPad users. This will give you a wider audience
- Your application needs to be fast, otherwise people can get bored waiting for it to load
- Another important factor when it comes to your application is the fact that it needs to appealing visually to your potential customers. Make sure that you use high resolution graphics and make it look as real as possible.
The programming part of your application will need you to hire a professional programmer, someone who knows exactly what is required and can do a great job.
The Design of your application needs the finished product to be represented by a beautiful icon that is visually stimulation to the user. The icon needs to be 72×72 in .png format with 90 degree corners. It should not have shine or alpha transparency, and stay away from giving it a gloss appearance.
Testing The Application – Once you are happy with your finished product, you need test your application to ensure that everything works as it should and that it performs exactly as it was designed.
Once you are happy, you will need to submit it to Apple for a review and approval, so take that into consideration.
The Distribution Of Your Application – it is pretty obvious that if people do not know about your application you will not get any customers and therefore you will not make any money.
Step 1:You need to plan how you are going to let people know about it. A month or 2 before it is launched, you need to start connecting with people who can help get your application out there. You can do this by using social media, the likes of facebook, my space, twitter and the like. You also need to get into relevant forums and get your name out there. This would also be a good time to get people to test out your applications so that they give you reviews on it.
Step 2: As you near the launch, say a week before you plan to launch your application, you should have generated a lot of buzz already.
But you can up it up by writing articles about it and what it can do, you can do contests and get people to win it, you can do discounts for limited time, you can do press releases and you can do videos about it, focusing on the benefits it provides on the user.
You do whatever you have to do ensure that a lot of people hear about it.
Step 3: When you are ready for a full launch, you should already have your reviews in and you should have some people who will be helping you get the application out there. By now, you should have a lot of people out there waiting to get the application, provided you have done a great job in promoting it.
Make sure your customers can get in touch with you in case they have questions about it, or for feedback on how to improve it. Continue to communicate with your existing customers as you get new ones. Your existing customers will be instrumental in getting you new business especially if they are happy with your application and your service.
That basically is the skeleton that you need to follow in creating your own iPad app.