When Apple had introduced iPhone as the first successful smartphone, software developer particularly, web developers entered in new era of designing and programming called mobile era commonly. Nearly for half decade, Apple has kept hardware form of iOS devices almost fixed in terms of screen sizes. Therefore, each iOS app development company was claiming “pixel perfect iOS app UI design service” in their content/literature. Thus, pixel perfect designing paradigm became the synonym of native mobile design.
With iOS7 and iPhone 5/5S, trends have shown some changes and with iOS8 and iPhone 6/Plus, it quite became obvious. Therefore, recent iPhone app developers or iPad app developers have challenges to meet the pixel perfectness for the varying degrees of screen sizes like:
iPhone 4s – 640 X 960
iPhone 5s/5c – 640 X 1136
iPhone 6 – 750 X 1334
iPhone 6 Plus – 1242 X 2208
Thus, iPhone 6 Plus has blurred the line between iPad Mini and iPhone 6 Plus in terms of screen size hence designing UI. Now, iPhone app designers have to think in line of the responsive web designers and employ all designing tools, technologies, strategies, methodologies, and techniques used in responsive web designing practices.
Beginning of Adaptive Design Era
Moreover, with iOS7, Apple has begun flat design era and Android too has followed it through intro of Metro Design concept in its recent Lollipop version. Therefore, iOS app developers have to balance each individual view/UI carefully and adapt simple yet functional aesthetic designing approaches for recent and next generation, iOS application development, projects.
In due course, iOS designers can lock certain UI design elements such as sidebar, toolbar, images at center or certain positions, etc. while designers can leave rest of the UI elements stretchable/responsive in one or more directions/dimensions like fluid of texts/content, lists, tables, etc. by adopting grid based design approaches. In the dictionary of Apple, these responsive designing approaches are termed as ‘Adaptive UI Design’.
Future Design Course
No doubt, adaptive designing is not simple to do, as it seems to be, because designers can make UI elements or UI design adaptive, but user experiences and ease of use will become obstacles, as they demand highly customized approaches in iOS app development. Today iOS app designers have to reckon trends of adaptive layouts and ever-increasing pixel densities through bigger hardware forms of iOS devices. Thus, modern iOS app design may not be pixel perfect, but would be pixel-snapped artwork in one sense to display density target albeit, by blurring, the pixel boundaries so apps may not be visually sharp.
In simple words, we can say that Apple is pushing its iOS developers to @3x density display in near future by this transition point through iPhone 6 Plus. Fortunately, Mindinventory has team of iOS developers with futuristic visions and they can offer futuristic iOS app development services with foresee vision and modern tech arsenals.