A Day in the Life of an iOS Developer

Are you an Apple fan? Do you love using iOS apps on your iPhone or iPad? If so, you’ll be excited to know what it takes to create those fantastic apps.

I’m a part of this exciting world, so join me now as I take you into a day in the life of an iOS dev. There are many interesting things to expect!

An Overview of iOS Development

iOS development is about making apps for Apple devices, like iPads, iPhones, or iPod Touch. And iOS developers are the ones who create those apps.

These developers often work with a team of tech experts at a company to make software. However, some can work on their own as freelancers. Either way, they have the same goal of creating user-friendly apps.

A Day In The Life Of An iOS Developer

As an iOS developer, I handle a lot of daily tasks. Even so, I have an after-work life that allows me to relax. Let me share with you what my typical day looks like.

At Work

My primary job is all about developing iOS apps. The process involves various steps as follows, and that’s what also I deal with every day:

Market research

Before developing any app, I have to do some research first. I need to see if there’s a demand for my app. Checking similar apps in the market is also important.

Apple has strict guidelines for apps. Thus, I must ensure my idea adheres to their rules about security, design, user privacy, and copyright. If the app doesn’t meet these guidelines, I can’t even release it to the public.


Once I have a solid idea of the app, I move on to the design stage. From here, I determine all the details of how my app looks and functions.

This stage includes various steps. So first, I start with a wireframe, which is like a blueprint for the app. I have to show how users can move through it and interact with its features.

Then, from the blueprint, I work on User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design. This task involves deciding the layout and interactions in the app.

I plan out the app’s architecture. It means I work on the internal structure of the app. Although users don’t see it, the structure is important for how it works.

Design is essential for the app development

Build the app

After completing the design, I start coding to build the app. This step involves three parts:

  • Back-end: I handle server-side tasks like app integration and account managers.
  • API (Application Programming Interface): During this part, I translate the server-side actions into something the device can understand.
  • Front-end: It’s what users interact with directly.

Some iOS developers handle all three aspects, while others focus on the back-end or front-end. And I’m in the first case.

When building the app, I encounter many difficulties. For example, the code can be complex, and I have to handle server-side interactions.

To solve this problem, I break down the tasks into smaller chunks. Testing the app on various iOS versions is also helpful.

Besides, users expect apps to be fast and responsive. Issues like slow loading times and high battery consumption may frustrate them. To handle it, I use tools provided by Apple to analyze the app performance first. Then, I review it regularly to optimize its functionality.

Test and submit

After ensuring the app is ready to launch, I submit it to the App Store for review. If it gets approved, it becomes available for everyone to download and use.

I test all the app’s functionalities and features. If there are any bugs or errors, I will fix them immediately. The goal is to help users experience the app without any malfunctions.

Testing also includes evaluating the app’s UI and UX design. This step is essential as it affects the overall user experience.

When the app passes the review process, users can find and install it. But my job doesn’t end there! I continue to monitor its performance and user feedback.

Regular updates are necessary for any app development. Aside from addressing issues, I also introduce new features and ensure the app remains compatible with the latest iOS versions.

I have to test the app carefully

After Work

After work, I like to wind down by reading newspapers and magazines. Thus, I can update the world around me.

Relaxation is important, too. On the weekends, I play sports with my colleagues and hang out with my family. These activities help me recharge.

Additional Tasks And Schedules

In addition to my regular tasks, I work with other designers and product managers to develop the apps. Working together as a team helps us combine our expertise to achieve the best result.

Besides, to stay on top of my game, I always keep myself updated on new product models. The tech world moves fast, so I must stay informed about iOS development advancements.

The final result is the user-friendly app

Is iOS Development The Right Profession For You?

It depends on your ability and passion. When considering this career path, you can wonder yourself these questions:

  • Do you like mobile app development, specifically for Apple devices?
  • Are you excited about designing UI and UX?
  • Are you willing to keep up with the ever-changing iOS ecosystem?
  • Can you handle the iterative process of testing and debugging?
  • Do you enjoy using Apple devices and the iOS ecosystem?

If the answers are “yes,” then iOS development might be your right profession.

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Final Thoughts

Being an iOS developer is the ideal profession for me as an Apple fan. I’m also passionate about app development.

So, the next time you open your favorite iOS app, remember the efforts of iOS developers who work tirelessly behind the scenes. Thank you for reading!