What Does It Take To Be An iPhone Developer?Anywhere you look today, it would be hard not to see somebody with an iPhone or something about an 'app for that' mentioned. The iPhone has taken off like a wild fire and the development of iPhone applications, known as 'apps' are spring up like crazy. To be an iPhone app developer is the new hot career.
Unlike many other 'hot' careers though, it is not necessary to go through years of schooling to learn this new skill. While it is a helpful to have skill in Objective C, Cocoa and Xcode, anyone can learn to develop an iPhone app. It's not an easy career to enter and not just anyone will be a natural at it, but with the right attitude and mindset it is possible. It is very helpful to be an iPhone lover of course to develop an iPhone app, which you probably are or you wouldn't even be having this train of thought, right?
So, you have an idea that you think would be great for an iPhone app? Let's review some points here that are necessary to develop an iPhone app:
Are you a creative person? Your iPhone app idea doesn't have to be totally original, there may be others out there that get the same end results. Create your app idea with better functionality than the others though.
With creativeness you need good marketing skills too. You need a marketing plan to sell your idea regardless if you are in a corporation or freelance setting. You need to explode with confidence in every position that you can possibly be in to market your idea with success. Having confidence in your idea is the best way to get others on board and believing in it too.
Next, you need to be able to visualize your application. Do your homework and analyze the market opportunity for this app you have in mind. You'll need to pull your thoughts together and think ahead into the future just how this app will fit into the market later, not just now. Put a plan in place! Each and every aspect of your application development needs to be planned for proper execution. Just like any other job, you need to set a deadline and a budget. The successful developer will stay within both.
Technical knowhow is a must for a great developer. To make this your planned career, the more technical knowhow you have, the better chance you'll have in this highly competitive market. Flawless design and testing skills will put you out front of other developers in this job market.
Last but not least, keep yourself updated! By joining any of the forums and groups on mobile development that are out there, you can stay updated on the latest happenings with the world of iPhones. Take advantage and learn from the expert iPhone developers that frequent these events. They have an insight of the future of the industry that you can learn from for the present as well.
You don't have to have years and years of schooling to become an iPhone app developer. But it's not an overnight easy success either. However, with a little fortitude and determination, your iPhone app idea may be the next big winner!