“Internet of Things” is not an unfamiliar term for modern-day consumers. It is a common phrase used to define a category of physical devices like your cars, watches, PCs, iPhones, tablets, home-monitoring devices and lamps to name a few. Referred to as IoT, it has become extremely ubiquitous in our contemporary times that people now refer to it as the Internet of Everything’. Smartphone platforms, particularly Apple is fast enough to get into the IoT mobile app development by embarking upon several applications that help you control your life. You can find the apps in the Apple Store or any other tech portal. It would be interesting to see how things work when it comes to making any iOS Apps for IoT. Have a look:
Considerations for IoT mobile app development
When it comes to developing an iOS Apps for IoT, the hardware of the iOS devices is considered. These include the capabilities and anatomy of the iPhone, iPod or iPad. The IoT development companies pay attention to these elements. For instance, the company called Square has developed a card reader for plugging into the headphone jack over the iOS devices rather the 30 and 8 pin-based charging ports. One of the key reasons to take this decision was to take leverage of the physical strength one gains with the half-inch port as it has minimal chance of breakage.
As a majority of iPhone and iPad devices now need adapters for the old charging devices, the company was able to save huge money and efforts with the redesign. However, the company still needed to create a product, which converts the customer’s data from the magnetic stripe of the credit card over an audio signal. This further helps in making transactions, which is both difficult and expensive to do. This idea has therefore kept the company in competition when compared to other IoT development companies like iHome which has developed apps like clock radios which end up making the users frustrated with using options.
Getting Started with iOS Apps for IoT mobile app development
In the initial stages of iOS app development for IoT, you are supposed to make a decision as to which native Apple device features you would require for connectivity. For instance, if you are using any application, which would involve sharing/communication, you can make out the difference between the two – WiFi and Bluetooth. This is beneficial for apps related to remote control like the popular one called Snatch that syncs interaction between Macbook and iOS devices. You would also like to call your cell phone company for ensuring that there is no difference in their services. Like for example, companies like Sprint and Verizon Wireless do not allow their users to make calls and access the web at the same time, while the company like AT&T does.
Even if you have any product, which does not need any application, it can work smoothly with the onboard features of the iPhone like iSight camera. Developing an accessory including the Olloclip camera lens would allow you to zoom and tap into the resolution specifications and the dimensions of the device as well. Both the iOS Developer Library and MFi program of Apple offer support to developers and IoT development companies for any help in developing the MFi accessories for the Internet of Things. With these programs, one can find free technical support for developing the iOS-related electronic components.
Developing an iOS app for connected devices
When you start with the IoT mobile app development for connected devices, you need a series of programming protocols which allow your accessory to work smoothly with your iPhone. You need to use a common chunk of code known as the External Accessory Framework which is required to enter in the earlier stages to allow the iOS product the other object that is trying to communicate with it. With this step, you need to declare the relevant protocols to connect with the accessory with any specific application allowing it to work when it gets connected. As per the iOS Developer Library, if you fail to do this, the mobile operating system (iOS) would launch the App Store to find out a compatible app. For any interaction that involves two products, you need EASession to monitor and transfer the data. While for any other iOS development, the developers are supposed to rely on the programming language called Objective-C. Developing an app-enabled hardware may appear as a daunting task for a majority of developers. However, it can give them loads of opportunities to design their mobile products.
The Internet of Things or IoT is still in its nascent stages but it has a lot of potentials that remains untapped. With the growing number of IoT development companies, we see them embarking upon a tempting path for those who want to make their career in this field. But before you take the plunge inside this world of opportunities, make sure you are ready for it.