Apple is constantly focusing on making an iPad an efficient mobile device for business. Since the iPad as a device is positioned between laptop and mobile phone, it has the potential to cater to very specific user needs. Still, we rarely see people carrying an iPad in our day to day lives.
But then recently, I went to an eyewear retail outlet, and to my surprise, there were multiple iPad kiosks installed at the store. The store was dedicatedly designed and integrated with technology.
I was excited to see and experience how the retailer was making use of the technology for efficient business operations.
I was not limited to choosing from the displayed frames in the physical store. Instead, the sales representative assisted me in finding other options available on their online stores as well.
I didn’t have run to the check-out counter to get assistance for every step such as verifying my account with the brand, validating discounts & offers available to me as a loyal customer etc.
By using the iPad kiosk, the sales representative was able to help me with all customer service related queries. In the end, I left the store highly satisfied with my purchase and buying experience.
In another incident, I was at a restaurant, and the waitress came up with a tablet to take orders. I was allowed to search for food on the device, check ingredients, look at the prices, scroll through a few pictures of the food, meals, and drinks and was given an option to add my favorites in the cart.
Not only did it take less time to decide what to order, but it was also hassle-free. There was no more reading through the extensive menu and confusion about the ingredients.
Moreover, the checkout process and payment was a seamless experience.
In both business use-cases, iPad saved seconds and provided a quick, seamless and great user experience.
Seconds matter today and also a positive experience.
With mobile devices making their way into our lives, businesses are constantly innovating to be faster and convenient for its users. Seconds here defines the difference between a seamless and good user experience.
In today’s competitive world, seamless user experience matters since a user have a multitude of options available to choose from.
As a renowned iPad app development company, we always suggest businesses to explore and identify use-cases before investing in application development. A business should also explore and embrace viable use-cases of application development and their usage on multiple devices that could help them unleash new business opportunities.
In the world where every second matter to users, iPad applications are doing wonders for businesses.
Why iPad App Development When iPhone Apps Works Just Fine on iOS Devices?
If you really want to give an edge to your business, you have to integrate technology in your business in the most innovative and useful way. Every tech product and service is created for a specific use and comes with its own set of requirements.
In the case of iPad app development, you need to develop an iOS app with an aspect ratio of 4:3 for it to work seamlessly on an iPad instead of the classic 16:9 ratio that is used for developing mobile apps.
Let’s try to understand the difference between iPhone app development and iPad app development from a developer’s perspective and why is it important to keep these differences in mind.
1. Designing Graphical User Interface i.e. GUI
An application is nothing without a great user interface. A highly intuitive and interactive UI/UX is essential for an app to keep the audience interested. The better the app experience the more it helps businesses establish a brand for themselves.
And to make such a difference and to create an excellent user experience, the strategic placement of design components within the application is crucial.
Design components, such as smart font, color & image dimensions and content, spacing, alignment, margins, and positioning are many other factors that help developers create a great looking, user-friendly interface while displaying information in the best possible way.
iPads provide better visibility on the screen. 2-5 people can easily look at the screen at the same time without having to zoom the content.
For example: When I asked the sales representative to provide me with more eyewear styles, he switched to an iPad app and started browsing frames with specific details. I watched him adding filters as per my specific requirements and could also let him know of the options I liked.
There was no need to hold an iPad in hand and giving the device back and forth to the sales representative. An iPad with strategically build applications not just engaged me but also simplified the entire buying process.
It was a win-win situation for both the seller and me.
Both the iPhone and iPad have wide differences in screen sizes and work to different advantages. Apple itself suggests developers build apps optimized for different screen sizes.
Moreover, the company also provides a complete guide for GUI with a focus on Human Interface Guidelines(HIG) for iPad app development.
This way, whether a developer develops native or hybrid apps using cross-platform frameworks, HIG’s by Apple ensures easy iPad app development processes and great results for app users.
2. UI Alert Controller
There is a difference in how notifications or popups appear on 16:9 and 4:3 screen size. The difference can negatively impact user experience if not optimized for both screen sizes.
Developers, therefore, should keep this in mind and make the appropriate use of the UI Alert Controller for iPhone and iPad app development. It ensures the app runs smoothly and performs well on any device.
3. UI Image Pickup Controller/Popover Presentation View Controller
Images and Pictures have become a major engagement factor for many apps. Not every app aims to be next Instagram or Twitter but using images in some way has become important for an app’s success. Though a powerful and advance method called AVFoundation allows the app to access iPad’s camera for the users to take a picture before uploading it, it can easily turn off users.
The developers instead use the UIImagePicker. Swift has already simplified much of the code for it. When using UIImagePicker, it helps users easily fetch photos from the photo album and delivers a great user experience.
Why Do You Need An iPad App?
As we discussed in the introduction, we rarely find people using an iPad in their day to day activities. However, if used strategically, the device offers great potential for businesses.
It’s not long before we see most businesses using iPads to simplify their daily operations and utilizing the device to it’s the best potential of delivering great user experience.