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Developing Apps for the iPhone 6s and iOS 9: What you need to know

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With grand slam sales, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are deemed to be the most popular smartphones on the market today. Based on Apple’s official statement, over 13 million new iPhones were sold in its primary markets in just three days after its launch.

Apart from the new smartphone features, users were excited to use the new and improved iOS 9. Most of the companies’ handsets today are able to run the latest mobile OS, and it might take Apple a long time to upgrade this software to the iOS 10. By then, your app should still be ahead of your competition, especially if you keep some of the tips and ideas we are about to discuss in this feature post in mind.

What’s new?

The physical appearance is not all new from its predecessor, but the iPhone 6s still comes with plenty of notable upgrades. Its hardware upgrades now come with the 3D Touch technology, Live Photos, and more. Here are some of the new features you need to understand about the new iPhone:

1. 3D Touch – Deemed to be the ‘next generation of Multi-touch,’ this new technology allowed the handset to sense command based on how deeply a user presses the display. It lets you do different kinds of essential things faster and simpler, as well as open new possibilities on how users can interact with content.

2. Live Photos – The camera made plenty of upgrades: 12-megapixel rear camera and the 5-megapixel front snapper. But, what’s intriguing is the new Live Photos feature, which promises to keep your memories last. How does it work? Users capture a still photo together with a one-and-a-half second video of what happened before and after you took the photos. It includes sounds and can be viewed across all Apple devices, including the Apple Watch.

3. Updated Touch ID – It’s made faster and more accurate on the iPhone 6s. Two-way authentication process continues to be apparent on the smartphone through the fingerprint scanner and the number passcode.

Development Tips:

Here are some tips you may incorporate when building apps for the iOS 9 and iPhone 6s users:

1. It must work across all platforms. As we mentioned earlier, the current mobile software of Apple works on all the available mobile devices of the tech company, including the 5c and 5s. As featured by O2 recently, the previous handsets still have the 4-inch screen compared to the 4.-7-inch of the iPhone 6s and the 5.5-inch of the iPhone 6s Plus.

2. Security is a necessity, not an option. Make sure to incorporate the Touch ID or the passcode to secure your user whenever they use your app, especially when they transact and make payments. Cyber crimes will continue to threaten users, so it’s best to be prepared.

3. Consider cloud computing system sync. As an additional security, it’s best to sync all the app data via cloud storage. It will not only secure the data, but cloud storage makes your application smaller and faster to load. A recent report revealed that Apple is set to release another handset early next year, which many said will be the iPhone 6c. Although it may run the same iOS 9, it will likely be much smaller than the current flagship. In fact, 20% of consumers prefer the same old 4-inch handset. But, one thing seems certain at the moment, it will likely be cheaper than the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Do you have other tips you want to share with our readers planning to build their iOS app? Share your thoughts, tips, and ideas with us in the comment section below!


Written by Alyssia Belle, guest blogger, exclusive for TapWalk