It is never easy to choose an iPhone app developer, especially if you don’t know what you’re getting into. Hire an iPhone application development firm that understands the app market, knows how to port to Android, BlackBerry, Plam Pre, J2ME; provides insight on app marketing and more.
Experience in iPhone Apps
Check out if the company has the experience in developing mobile applications and publishing on the Apple Store. See if their website lists the apps developed along with screen shots? If the company has some iPhone applications listed on the App Store, check the links.
Concept to Execution
It may be good to know if the development firm has the ability to conceive an idea for an app, design and deploy in the market. If they have a framework to create an engaging, easy-to-use application, then you have an advantage. If they are not creative, unwilling to bring fresh ideas to the table or lack quality suggestions for your idea, then it’s a waste of time dealing with the company.
Support and Upgradation
Companies that have a large team of iPhone developers, designers and testers can be relied upon to do a good job. The company must fix bugs, handle upgradation and provide technical support when you need. That’s crucial for you.
If the development company has been into software development or web portal development, it’s definitely an advantage dealing with them.
Can the company port the application to other platforms?
Most clients don’t see beyond the iPhones. But there’s such a huge market available on other major platforms like Android, BlackBerry, PlamPre and J2ME. Find out if your developer has experience in porting an iPhone application or game to these platforms. Or you may be limiting your scope to make money.
How long should your app development company have been in existence?
I’d reckon about two to three years. Although the iPhone story is not more than two years old, it makes sense to deal with a company that has been in the IT domain for some time. Get references if possible to vouch for their quality and delivery.