Chapter 1

What Makes a Killer iOS App

In This Chapter

arrow Figuring out what makes an insanely great iOS application

arrow Discovering the iOS features that can inspire you

arrow Understanding Apple’s expectations for iOS applications

arrow Making a plan for developing iOS software

Douglas Adams, in the bestseller The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (conceived in 1971 and published in 1979), introduced the idea of a handy travel guide that looked “rather like a largish electronic calculator,” with a hundred tiny flat-press buttons and a screen “on which any one of a million ‘pages’ could be summoned at a moment’s notice.” It looked insanely complicated, and this is one of the reasons why the snug plastic cover it fitted into had the words DON’T PANIC printed on it in large friendly letters. According to Adams, this guide was published in this form because “if it were printed in normal book form, an interstellar hitchhiker would require several inconveniently large buildings to carry it around in.”

The iPhone and iPad are different sizes of a hitchhiker’s dream come true, and their users don’t even have ...

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