From the looks of the iTunes store, it seems like everyone and their mother suddenly thinks they’re an iPhone app developer. New apps are always rolling out!
So what does it take to create the next app to go mainstream? A successful iPhone app developer has many positive attributes. If your dream is to come up with the next big thing, here are five characteristics you’ll need to possess in order to make this a reality.
Skills – Of course, knowledge of just how to develop an iPhone app helps, right? Even skilled programmers will probably need to learn new programming language, so an understanding of the work that goes into taking the idea in your head and translating it to an app for mass use.
An Eye For What’s Missing – So you know how to program a new iPhone app. Now your task is to ask yourself what’s missing in the vast field of available apps in the iTunes store. Would your app make life easier? More fun? Would you want to teach people something, or help them be more organized? This is what you need to have an eye for. See what’s out there and figure out how to fill the gap.
Creativity – A creative mind is important when it comes to any sort of development. There are so many apps out there, so many versions of games, newsfeeds and other helpful ideas. How can you present yours in a way that hasn’t been seen before? Being able to think outside the box will be extremely helpful here.
Patience – Even when you learn the new programming language you’ll need, developing an app won’t be a 1-2-3 process. You’ll most likely end up going through a lot of trial and error in order to achieve success. Once your app is developed, you’ll also need to be patient while waiting through the approval process. There’s bound to be a waiting game when the time comes for your app to be evaluated.
A Healthy Dose of Confidence – So let’s say your app gets approved and is out in front of the public. Congratulations! Now what? What comes now is your ability to get out there and hustle, making sure that your app hits the eyes of every iPhone owner. Have confidence in your work and in your worth, and market yourself in every way possible. No one will buy it if no one knows about it, right?
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