July 24, 2014 Experitest

So You Want to Test iOS Applications

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With over one billion iOS devices expected to be in use by the end of 2018, the market for iOS applications is an attractive one for developers. If you want to test iOS applications, we’re talking about a different ball-game than testing Android applications. A big factor in the difficulty of creating iOS applications is that Apple is much stricter regarding what can and can’t be submitted. Unlike Google who is much more easy-going regarding what can enter their store. Having said that, there is no way to ignore the huge iPhone market. Despite the difficult submission and approval process involved, there are also advantages to developing applications for the iOS market.


A Demanding Apple

So You Want to Test iOS Applications

Apple’s requirements are changing all the time regarding approval and certification. It’s imperative to keep up to date on their requirements before starting work on a project. Why spend months and months working on a project only receive Apple’s rejection because they don’t feel that your app adds anything to the market?


These demands do, of course, also work to our benefit. They reflect the importance Apple places on security and privacy. For example, an app that takes information from users without their consent is unlikely to make it through Apple’s strict guidelines. Apple set rigid rules that can seem frustrating for developers but ultimately have users’ best interests at heart.


Beta testing is a good way to get used to the Apple submission process. It is the phase whereby your app is distributed to a wider audience. Testing the app in more of a real-world situation and in some cases, providing a preview of your next version for testers.



So You Want to Test iOS Applications

iOS applications go through a much more rigid process via Apple. As a result fragmentation is less of an issue for iOS developers than Android developers. Having said that, fragmentation is not a non-issue for iOS developers. There are several different devices offered by Apple and there are differences in screen resolution and aspect ratio of iTouch and iPad compared to iPhone.


Additionally, take memory and storage space into account when testing as they differ from device to device. This is when the issue of testing on emulators comes into play strongly. Emulators only give a general picture of how your app will behave on a device- the app will act differently on a real device and this is one of the main reasons that we strongly recommend that people test iOS applications on real devices.



Test iOS Applicaitons and Maintain App Quality

So You Want to Test iOS Applications

So, you made it past the submission process. Now you discover that you still have some dreaded bugs in your application. Well, testing doesn’t end when the submission process begins. Carry out manual and automation testing afterward too in order to maintain the quality of your app. The more you can test iOS applications will add up to a higher quality app. As a result, users will be far more likely to want to use it. If you are looking for a way to test iOS applications on real devices look no further than our lab. we have all of the latest Apple devices.



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Tom Benshimon


Head of Sales


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