Apple Inc has one of the largest market shares in the Smartphone and tablet computers markets. It is estimated that there are millions of iPhones and iPads users on a global scale. This is the reason why many developers choose to create iPhone and iPad apps.
But, what makes these mobile applications different? Can you simply create one app that will work on both devices? These are just a few of the questions that might cross your mind when you choose to seek help from an app development firm.
Since iPhone apps run on the iPad, some developers may not see the need to have two different apps. That said though, it is important to point out that iPhone and iPad apps are not exactly the same. Some of the key differences between the two types of apps will be explained below.
Screen Size Difference
The most obvious difference between iPhones and iPads is size. The former devices are designed as phones and hence much smaller than the latter gadgets, which are actually tablet computers. You can fit about six iPhones on the surface of an iPad. This size difference is a key factor in comparing apps for both devices as it actually has an effect on graphics.
As mentioned earlier, iPhone apps work just fine on iPads. But, due to the larger viewing environment, the iPad makes apps created for iPhones to look bigger or more pixelated. This happens as the small graphics double in pixels (or size) in order to fit to the larger screen. Pixel doubling however lowers the screen resolution. This explains the aesthetic loss that usually occurs when viewing an iPhone app on an iPad.
You can overcome pixel doubling by allowing native iPhone apps to be viewed in their original size on an iPad. Bear in mind though that they will only take the size portion of an iPhone, thus leaving out lots of empty space.
When it comes to compatibility, not all apps created natively for the iPad work well on the smaller iPhone. The reason for this is that iPad apps usually have more detail and elements designed for a large touch screen. As such, the apps appear shrunk when ported to a smaller viewing environment. This explains why some iPad apps cannot be downloaded to an iPhone. Most developers overcome this challenge by having two apps for both devices.
Portability and Usage
People like to carry their iPhones everywhere hence these gadgets are mostly targeted for apps that can be used on the go. Although tablets do not experience much movement, they do have their own ideal uses. For instance, in iPad usage has increased in the business world, especially in retail stores that are now using tablets as part of their till systems.
Whether to develop an iPhone or iPad app will depend on a couple of key factors. First, you have to determine the type of devices your target audience mostly uses. Secondly, consider what purpose the app will serve. Speaking to a professional app development firm can help you to determine which platform to stick with or if it would be necessary to create your app with two versions for iPhone and iPad.
Judith Sutherland is a mobile app development enthusiast who loves to turn smart ideas into useful apps. She also writes about app development to share her passion with others. When an app idea strikes, Judith chooses to work with XDESIGN, a talented team of app developers in the UK.