Tomorrow we will witness another great keynote by Apple, where they will release the latest and greatest products. The reports say that we should expect iPhone 6S (also a new Rose Gold color), iPad Pro, Apple TV, iOS 9 and a few more things.
Is your app ready for iOS 9?
Let’s go thought a quick checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.
Apple wants to see these iOS 9 features in your apps asap:
– App Search (CoreSpotlight, Web Markup)
– User Activity
– Multitasking (Slide Over, Split View)
– New HealthKit quantity types/ HomeKit
If you add these, it’ll improve your chances of being featured on the App Store as iOS 9 compatible apps.
Multi-Tasking is one of the biggest features for productivity apps and where context matters.
-Slide-Over (iPad Air) -it’s like a tall iPhone app design with 320×1024 resolution.
-Split-Screen (iPad Air 2) – more details below.
-Picture in Picture (iPad Air)
Search is going to be big. It adds this extra layer of contextual knowledge and removes friction. The new Search will include User Activity and Core Spotlight – make sure you’ve added that.
Other iOS 9 features that are nice to have:
- Open In in Place
- App Thinning (Slicing is very easy to implement, On-Demand Resources mostly make sense for games or content heavy apps, Bitcode)
- Coalesced Touches / Predicted Touches
- New Extensions
- Web Markup
- Universal Links
- Support for Right-to-Left languages
You can find more info about iOS 9 at WWDC 15 talks:
- 205 Getting Started with Multitasking on iPad in iOS 9
- 212 Optimizing Your App for Multitasking on iPad in iOS 9
- 709 Introducing App Search
- 703 Privacy and Your App
- 404 App Thinning in Xcode
- Objective-C in 2015: http://bit.ly/1KUJwm1
Once you are done with technical part, don’t forget to tell all this to the world.
Educate Your Users.
Your users will be the first people in the world to appreciate all the hard work you’ve done for them in iOS 9 update. So don’t forget to add What’s New description on the App Store App page. I think it’s not enough, so we also added a quick note inside our apps, so every user will be able to see the new features. Moreover, we’re doing a huge email campaign and educating our users why iOS 9 is cool and why split view is such a big deal for productivity apps.
Let Apple Know.
App Store team should be your best friend and ally. If you don’t know anyone from the App Store global team – you really should hustle and get in touch with them. As soon as you are done with the updates, let them know about each app and what kind of iOS 9 features you’ve added. My guess is that there will be a huge feature on the iOS 9 compatible apps – you really have to be there to get recognition, karma and millions of eyeballs.
Journalists and bloggers who use your products are the best advocates. Once you add useful and shiny features to your apps – they will gladly share this with their readers. So drop a quick note to them and tell them what’s up. If your stuff is cool – you are going to be covered. Also, use your blog and social media to spread the word.
I can add more technical details that are useful for devs (especially on Search and Multitasking) – so feel free to ask.
Did I forget anything ?