It has been over ten years since the original iPhone debuted and since then, Apple’s devices have gone through several iterations and its app store has grown in strength, now housing millions of apps with thousands being added each day. In such a dynamic landscape where there is a diverse range of applications being rolled out, every passing year brings newer trends to the marketplace. So, what is in store for 2018?
Let’s examine the new trends that will come to define the iOS scene in 2018:
Attention to iPad
After its initial bang, the iPad has remained relatively silent. It has not seen any great upgrades apart from decent hardware and firmware upgrades which are not noteworthy. But all that is set to change with the new line of chipsets from Qualcomm which will lead to powerful and energy efficient iPads. This will, in turn, pave the way to enterprise applications built for the iPad.
Apps Powered by AI and ML
With the explosion in data generated by users, there is a new demand for using all this data to create actionable insights. Apps that are powered by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are now the new frontier and are expected to transform the way the services are extended to users.
The Future is Apple Watch
It goes without saying that wearables are very much in the focus of Apple. With the Apple Watch 2 gaining considerable attention compared to its predecessor, Apple is looking to focus on a dedicated WatchOS that will allow blossoming of a separate app economy for wearables.
Augmented Reality has been a new focus area for all mobile app developers as the technology has matured to the phase where it can now see several mainstream applications and is likely to enjoy a renewed push in the near future. From retail to navigation, AR has several domains where it can bring about a transformation.
Virtual Reality is today gaining prominence in several niche areas such as education and entertainment, and smartphone-based VR apps are becoming an emerging trend. Thanks to the robust hardware on iOS devices, VR applications offer several potential opportunities that can be explored.
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