How Much to Pay for My iPhone App Development?

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While it takes just $99 for a developer license on Apple Store, it could cost you more than $50 per hour for the iPhone app development. Here's a developer's guide to how much it costs to make an iPhone app.

How much does a developer charge for an iPhone app?
The good developers who have kind of established a name with their clients can charge anywhere between $100 and $200 per hour.

Check out Guru for bids on good iPhone projects. But decent ones will charge you anywhere between $50 and $100. Don't think of those at $20 per hour. The horror stories behind such development is to be heard to be believed. Don't be pennywise and pound foolish.

When 18 billion apps are downloaded, you can imagine the peak demand for developers. Trust me, it's better to hire a good developer and get a quality job, than to run round trying to fix bugs in the app developed by a low cost developer, working from his garage on the weekends.

How many hours does it take to develop an app?
This depends on the kind of app you're making. If it's a simple one, then it's roughly 160 hours of development, 40 hours of graphics designing and another 40 hours of testing and polishing. Customization of iPhone applications take time. If you have clarity on what you want, the fees could be decided at the start. But if you just have a vague idea, then the cost could rack up fast.

Impiger Design Tip: The icon is probably the most critical piece of work because that what's everyone first sees. In 5 seconds, it should convey the Unique Selling Proposition (USP) of the app. A bad icon can ruin your chances. That's why a designer is a key link in the app development.

What determines the cost of iPhone app development?
How do they estimate the effort? After speaking to you the first time, the developer has a fair idea of the requirement. The developer then does 'requirements analysis' to figure out what are the various 'use cases' in the app (the various features and what the user is supposed to do at each step). The requirements analysis usually takes 10% of the development time. If the development time is 100 hours, this means 10 hours for requirements analysis.

The graphics design is about 10 to 20% of the development time, depending on the case. Testing, which is crucial for performance of the app, is estimated at about 25% of the development hours. In case your app needs to talk to third party sites (or apps) like Twitter or Facebook, then the development could take longer

How long will it take to develop an iPhone application?
From first code to release, it can take about 4 to six weeks. Much less, if it's a freelance professional who will work on just this for atleast 5 hours a day. And after it's released, Apple may take a couple of days to approve or in some cases suggest changes.

One last tip: Apple tests every iPhone app submitted on the App Store. And thousands of apps have been rejected, asked to change a few things, or sometimes ordered to fix some bugs before re-submitting. Small reason why you should go with an experienced quality iPhone developer. They not only give you a good app, but also peace of mind. Think about it.

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