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Top iOS Mobile App Developments Trends for 2020

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From the dawn of its creation, the iOS mobile development platform has provided versatile and powerful options for creating stunning apps. One of the reasons for its permanent thriving is the continuous state of flux that encompasses all the latest trends in mobile app development. New iPhones are out on the market each year, including improved hardware that sets the base for innovative mobile app development, year by year. To avoid lagging behind, mobile app development companies must stay on track with the new advancements and find their place in the platform, too. If you are interested in keeping abreast of the latest mobile design trends, here are a few pointers to focus on as we are moving into the year ahead.

UI Design Trends

Each iOS app development project starts with the basic goal to improve user satisfaction, which inherently makes new progress all about UI or the user interface. The user interface must not only improve in appearance but also provide a new level of satisfaction with feature simplicity and information delivery. This is not so simple as Apple puts iPhones and iPads under the microscope each year to perk up the hardware.

A key trend of feature mobile app development on the iOS platform is leaving this focus on aesthetically pleasing apps behind. That doesn’t mean that iOS apps will no longer be beautiful but it does mean that the ease of access to information and the simplicity of use take the number one place. Therefore, iOS apps must be made from scratch or revamped to help users complete tasks in the shortest possible time.

While we are touching upon aesthetics, the blurred borders of new iPhone screens play a major role in future iOS mobile app development. Designers need to find ways to create apps that work well on older phones with prominent edges and on new seamless iPhone models.

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iOS Animations and Graphics

Animations are an excellent way to attract users and keep their attention in the flow as they navigate through the app features. Animations enable sleek functionality – an aspect of user experience that users are primarily looking for.

How web browser tabs, for instance, look and shift on a smartphone, as well as other aspects that soften the lines between visual appeal and functionality, are important for keeping users pleased with the product.

3D graphics may be more demanding on behalf of the mobile app development team, but rewarding nevertheless because they provide an extra level of dynamism in transferring information to users, reducing the need for physical prototypes and boosting the visual aspect of products. It is important not to overdo 3D graphics as they can slow down loading times.

Gesture-based Navigation

One of the key trends for 2020 is the placement of navigation elements on your end product. A major design principle of navigation in past mobile app development trends was to place as many buttons in the navigation bar so that users have greater visibility of what is available. As the number of functionalities is growing, this approach doesn’t work anymore because the visual appeal gets lost among all those buttons.

Designers are now focusing on a more hidden, intuitive button design, placing the maximum number of buttons on the home screen without distorting aesthetics. Functionalities are still there but are enmeshed in the gesture-based navigation. Features compressed in this way will improve the user interaction with the app and ultimately boost engagement rates – it makes more sense to create iOS products that support a few key features than making it all about endless app possibilities which will impede the smooth use of the home screen.

If you align these iOS app development trends with the design process of past products in order to update them or use them while creating new ones, clients will ultimately reap benefits that haven’t been so important while ago but are essential as we move forward.

About the Author: Michael Kelley

With a background in journalism, Michael’s passion lies in educating audiences in the realm of tech. He is especially intrigued by the world of app development and all associated facets including Android, iOS, blockchain, andd App technology. Michael has spent the last few years working with app agencies to elevate their content strategy and expand his knowledge even further as app development technologies advance. When he’s not typing away at his computer, you can find Michael traveling the globe or taste-testing pizzas in search of the ultimate pie.

Dangerous Android Apps to Delete Immediately

Android users take note: there are dangerous apps that might be on your phone and you need to delete them. Google Play is great because it allows mobile app developers to easily distribute their latest innovations, but it also allows some sketchy, unethical developers to put their software onto your phone. The results lead to slow performance, drained battery life, viruses and even identity theft.

Brightside decided to look into this a bit deeper. They created this in-depth video with 12 dangerous apps that they recommend you delete immediately. As a technology professional, you may already be aware and diligent when downloading apps. Or if you’re an iPhone user you’re less concerned (although these tips could be relevant to you as well). Either way, we strongly recommend watching this video, or at least sharing it with an Android user who’s less careful when downloading apps.

This CRA Mobile App Will Help with Your 2017 Taxes

This CRA Mobile App Will Help with Your 2017 Taxes2017 is in full swing! Most people are back from holidays (if they were fortunate to take them), projects are moving again, recruiters are calling, and tax season is approaching. As you start to look at your 2016 books and consider working on your taxes, you may be realizing that you could have done a better job at staying organized in that area (and hopefully you are setting a goal to keep up-to-date in 2017). Vice-versa, you could be super stress-free right now because you were well prepared at this time last year.

Regardless of your situation, a new year means a fresh start to get organized. We can’t help you with your 2016 taxes, but we can give you a boost for this year. The CRA created a mobile app that lets independent contractors create custom reminders and alerts for key CRA due dates related to instalment payments, returns, and remittances. Download the iOS, Android, or BlackBerry version, or check out all of CRA’s mobile apps here.

Take a Breather, Take Account

Morley Surcon By Morley Surcon,
Vice-President, Western Canada at Eagle

To-do listI like to do lists.  I like to measure my progress.  And I especially enjoy crossing out tasks that get done.  Besides forcing me to be organized, building a proper to do list forces me to slow down for a few minutes to think and reflect on projects and priorities.

It is easy to fall into the habit of just doing — being reactive — and, in this way, remaining busy.  But busy does not directly translate into productive. A few minutes set aside without interruption provides an opportunity to get a handle on what’s really important.

This appears to be self-evident, certainly not rocket science; but I am surprised at how few people do this regularly.  Even I, who am sold on this practice, sometimes struggle to make the time for this.  A quiet space in which to be alone with your own thoughts is a rarity these days and needs to be sought out, the time planned for.

Sherlock Holmes had his “Sanctum Santorum”, Superman his “Fortress of Solitude” – whatever you call it, it is necessary to have the place/space where you can go to do some deep thinking, even if it is just a back corner table at your local Starbucks. Most times it doesn’t need to be more than sitting down for a few minutes with a pen and a notebook.  Bill Gates, however, is famous for his yearly retreat used to decompress and complete some long-term strategy and planning.

Have a look at some of these past posts in the Talent Development Centre for a few extra tips and tools:

If you’d like a tool specifically for your iPhone or Android device, check out one of these two articles:

What works best for you? I encourage you to share any tips or tricks you use to remain on task and productive.  Please share by commenting on this post.

The Best 8 Project Management Apps

Yesterday’s infographic provided some great steps for a new Project Manager to tackle breaking an SOW down into a manageable project plan.  Continuing with the theme of making life easier for Project Managers, we found this article from LifeHack, written by Jane Hurst. In it, she identifies 8 project management apps that will help you take care of your team, tasks and deadlines. Here are the top picks:

1. Casual

This is a unique app that offers a different way of doing things. On Casual you plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. The neat thing is that Casual helps you visualize and track dependencies between tasks. This app is incredibly intuitive and works great for personal projects, as well as for organizing projects for small teams. You can try it for free, and if you don’t like it, there is no obligation to pay for anything.

2. OmniPlan

This is an awesome app for iPhone and iPad users. If you love Gantt charts, this is definitely an app that you can get a lot out of. You start out by creating a simple project outline. Then you can use the app to help you through every step of the project until its completion. A standard plan costs just $49.99, and the pro plan is only $99.98.

Working on a mobile app3. Podio

This is a great app for medium and large-sized teams working on projects. The special point about Podio is that there are additional features such as CRM and social intranet. There are four different packages: Free, which is free for up to five employees and five external users; Basic, which is $9 per month per employee; Plus, which is $14 per month per employee, and Premium, which is $24 per month per employee.

4. Trello

This app is incredibly user-friendly, and is based on Kanban boards. It actually works like a virtual whiteboard with post-it-notes. Trello is great for organizing your to-do lists, ideas, and is very easy to use. You can create several boards to use for various projects, and it’s free of cost. Trello is available to iOS and Android users as well.

5. Microsoft Project

This is one of the most commonly-used project management apps. However, it is also one of the most difficult apps to use. It does have a lot of features that are popular with project managers, which is why we have chosen to include in on this list. You can customize reports, track burn rates, and stay on track until projects are complete. A free trial is available, and then the cost is $549+ per license, depending on the plan you choose.

6. Asana

If you are looking for something that is not difficult to use, check out Asana. This is a great task management app that can be used for managing projects as well. In a nutshell Asana helps you create and share task lists with your team. The app is simple but smart enough and has got a lot of integrations. Teams with up to 15 members can use Asana for free. Teams with 15 members and up can choose plans that range from $50 per month to $800 per month (for 100 members).

7. Basecamp

It’s probably the most well-known project management app out there. It allows you to organize projects that act as a central location for everything and contains such things as to-do lists, notes, events, files, and much more. It is user-friendly, and has a free 60-day trial period. After that, plans start at $20 per month and go up to $3,000 per year if you want to have unlimited projects and 500 GB of storage.

8. Evernote

While this isn’t really a project management app, many people use it as one. This is a note-taking tool that is simple to use, and helps you to stay organized with multiple projects. It works well for personal projects. You can use Evernote for free, or choose a premium service for $5 per month or $45 per year.