The anticipation from Apple fans for the iPhone 6 is nearly at a fevered pitch. As details about this exciting new version of the beloved classic smartphone emerge, excitement grows. The app development process has been, and continues to be challenging for developers. Since this version of the Apple favorite offers some major changes, developers have found themselves fumbling to keep up with it all.
The main challenge for app developers with the iPhone 6 is the much larger screen size. For years, Apple-focused developers have had a constant, or slightly smaller screen size that they worked with. Now, though, the playing field has shifted and is much larger. This change gives app developers what may either feel like a gift or a curse. There probably isn’t much sentiment that lies between. Of course, the idea of having their app set in a larger screen and format is great for their business brand, but fitting their apps to the new size is where things become tricky.Developers might look at the examples set by developers who work with Samsung, HTC and other Android-based devices since these companies have consistently increased the size of their smartphones. The most important part of this change and the challenges it presents to developers is how their app will appear on a larger screen. Since the rumor is that the iPhone 6 will retain iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s’s resolution at 1136 x 640 pixels, it is difficult to know just how developers’ apps will appear in such an environment, worrying that their app will look like it has simply been stretch out over a screen, distorting text and art work. Since Apple customers expect so much from their product and all the apps attached to it, it makes sense for developers to feel some concern about this change.However, these worries may remain unfounded, and developers will see that resolution has increased along with the screen size, which makes the most sense and will help adhere to Steve Jobs’ personal philosophy about resolution.As with any new iteration of a long-time favorite product, developers will need to make some adjustments and optimizations to make sure their app shines on this new product.
The long-term benefits that app developers face, as well as Apple fans, is that they have a larger canvas upon which they can create clever, attractive, highly functional and exciting new apps.