iOS app development is on the rise. At the time when we are writing this blog post, there are over 1.8M iOS apps available on Apple App Store. And, as we see it, this number is going to go up in 2022.
However, in this blog post, we will talk about an important aspect of iOS application development: the new and emerging trends that will become more apparent in 2022. Many of these tech trends are already taking shape, but in the new year, they are going to become more prominent, and more intense. And thus, they are bound to bring about significant changes in the entire iOS app development process.
Top iOS App Trends for 2022
- Machine Learning will Rise in Popularity
Machine Learning (ML) is a very interesting and evolving subfield of artificial intelligence. It is based on the premise that systems can be trained to learn from data, recognize patterns, and make intelligent decisions based on their past interactions with the data
In the context of iOS app development, Apple has been enabling the developer community to enrich their apps with intelligent features using just a few lines of code, all thanks to Core ML. Introduced in June 2017 by Apple, the Core ML enables developers to incorporate machine learning frameworks into their applications and thus, create new ways to customize the user interface.
As a professional iOS app development company, we believe ML is still in a nascent stage in 2022, and in the years that follow, ML will become bigger and better and completely reshape the ways iOS apps are designed and developed.
- Augmented Reality (AR) will further Bridge the Gap between Imagination and Real World
AR is already changing the world we live in. And as developers, we’ve now got massive resources to tap into to build next-generation AR apps. For the uninitiated, Apple provides very powerful and feature-rich frameworks, like ARKit and RealityKit, and tools, like Reality Composer and Reality Converter, and these resources can be leveraged to bring the most creative and challenging ideas to life in Augmented Reality.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), “The worldwide spending on augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) is estimated to grow from about $12.0 billion this year to $72.8 billion in 2024.” The five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for AR/VR spending will be 54.0%. So, based on these figures and the changing market dynamics after the pandemic, we are anticipating a significant increase in the demand for augmented reality apps in 2022.
- Apple Pay - The Easy and Secure Way to Make Payments
“Apple Pay is faster and easier than using cash or cards. And it’s accepted at over 85% of retailers in the U.S.”
SOURCE - Apple Website
Apple Pay is arguably the best way to pay in an iOS app. And over 85% of retailers in the US have already accepted it as a payment service. So, it’s going to be imperative for businesses and even developers that their iOS apps support this service whether the business is operating in the US, UK, or in some other part of the world. As a leading iOS app development services provider, we see Apple Pay service emerging as one of the top trends in iOS app development in 2022 and beyond.
- Rise of IoT
HomeKit is leading the IoT innovations in the world of iOS app development. With HomeKit, an increasing number of households in the US and across the world are becoming ‘smarthomes’ or ‘connected homes.’ Leveraging the capabilities of HomeKit, households are able to create different ‘scenes’ or actions in order to control these devices by grouping them together and managing them with the assistance of Siri.
And as more and more households, as well as businesses, will see the utility of the IoT ecosystem in making their lives simpler and better, the iOS development will experience a dramatic increase in the volume of apps that can easily connect with different IoT devices.
- Swift 5
Swift is a highly intuitive programming language created by Apple. It was first unveiled in 2014 and since then it has come a long way as a programming language to build highly responsive and secure applications.
Swift 5.1 is the latest version available which was officially released in September 2019. Swift 5.1 makes iOS app development less complex and more rewarding with a wide range of features such as module stability and other new features that extend the ability of language and standard library like: opaque result types, property wrappers, new APIs for String, diffing for appropriate collection types, etc. So, while both Objective-C and Swift are used in iOS app development, Swift is gaining more traction in the developer community; so, businesses that have been thinking of developing iOS apps in 2022, are likely to get them built in swift. So, this is another exciting iOS app development trend for us.
ConclusionSo, by all means, 2022 is going to be a very interesting year. Top iOS application development companies, like Kellton, will design and develop iOS applications with a lot more focus on new and emerging technologies such as ML, AR, VR, IoT, and Apple Pay. Businesses will also need competent iOS app developers or iOS app development services providers that they can trust and have onboard to help them build more powerful, more scalable, and more cost-effective applications.
At Kellton, we have been enabling hundreds of businesses in the US, UK, and across the world to get the most value out of their app investments. If you too are looking for a service provider with end-to-end iOS app development services, please reach out for a quick discussion.