DataArt’s iOS 7 Beta Review

DataArt’s iOS 7 Beta Review

Being at the top imposes a big responsibility on what you produce. Having a leading role on the market, forming trends and even technology fashion, when others try to copy your achievements (and very rarely – outstrip you in some areas), you need to be ready to be critically appraised from head to toe. Apple is a shining example of this. That’s what we all love about their development.

We are proud to share DataArt’s expert opinions about the iOS 7 platform beta which was publicized by Wired in their What Does iOS 7 Mean For You? Developers Speak Out byline article. Certainly, our point of view does not pretend to be an ultimate truth but we hope you’ll agree with some of the statements. Enjoy!

What Does iOS 7 Mean For You? Developers Speak Out

The public launch of iOS 7 is slated for the beginning of September. With the new Apple operating system’s release just a few short weeks away, businesses should be thinking about how the new technology will affect workplace productivity and devices.

Various features are being promised, such as a built-in motion sensors, but will the novelties be enough to shake up the marketplace? Some argue that Apple’s market share is slipping, and continues to lag in the enterprise, and iOS 7 might not be enough to regain traction.

To better understand how the iOS 7 launch will impact the workforce, I surveyed DataArt’s engineers who have been developing iPhone enterprise and consumer applications for a number of years, to see what they thought of iOS 7. Below is their insight into how the new operating system will impact business and technology moving forward:

Andrey Gluschenko, Senior Software Developer “When I first saw the iOS 7 presentation, I immediately knew I’d want it to be the exclusive version for this operating system. My second thought was that it would be difficult to support an application that was supposed to work on both iOS 6 and iOS 7. The radical change in the design and new paradigms of interaction will force developers to rethink the existing versions of applications”

Anton Garkusha, Senior Software Developer/Software Architect “I like iOS 7, but with some reservations. As a user, I don’t see dramatic innovations, and as a developer I believe there will be an increase in the overall workload. It is too costly to support all the existing versions (and cost is always one of the key factors in the mobile industry), so I think iOS 7 will eventually take over as the predominant OS for app development”

Helen Timofeeva, Senior Software Developer “I think this is the beginning of the end for Apple: it has ceased to be a flagship; because they adopt ideas from successful competitors. Would you like to imagine what the new iOS interface looks? Take a look at Google+ or Google Drive. Does the new handy task manager appeal to you? It has already been implemented in Android. Apple seems to have forgotten how to produce a “wow” factor, which might prove critical for the niche they currently occupy”

Gluschenko, first quoted above, brings up a good point about iOS 6-compatible applications and how they’ll run once iOS 7 is introduced. Businesses must ensure their developers think hard about which operating system to use when releasing new applications, and they must account for more time for their applications to be developed effectively on both iOS 6 and iOS 7.

On the other hand, Garkusha points out that iOS 7 will likely become the only system used for app development because developing on more than one operating system will become too costly. This industry is always sensitive to price, so developers will have to reduce work time if they plan to still use iOS 6.

Taking a negative stance against iOS 7 and Apple in general, our developer Timofeeva takes the position that Apple’s time has run out. It’s important to note that if a wealth of developers feels the same way, that iOS 7 may never catch on as the “new” features are borrowed from other platforms. If that’s the case, iOS 7 may not have as big a splash as many are predicting.

September will bring with it the public launch of iOS 7, and developers have been prepped for its arrival. It is yet to be seen whether the much-anticipated release will affect businesses spending or application development, but in the meantime, smart businesses will be preparing for the increase in work load and cost this release will inevitably bring.

What do you expect from iOS 7?

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