Are you considering making your own app? This is what you need to know. Learn about the app ecosystem, programming languages, tool sets, and time and¬†effort¬†involved. Let‚Äôs not tell you what you¬†should¬†know, but rather explain how you can actually get started today to get an app published in the App Store.
An app is just¬†a piece of¬†computer software¬†running on a smartphone. It‚Äôs written by a¬†programmer, and put together with graphic assets created by a designer.
Apps for iPhone are¬†made with a¬†Mac¬†application called Xcode, and¬†programmed in either Swift or Objective-C.¬†Many¬†apps¬†are connected to the internet, which means that they have a¬†back-end¬†that allows storage of data in the cloud or functionality that interconnects users.
Xcode¬†is the application you can use for making native iPhone apps, and it‚Äôs only available for Mac OS X. It includes¬†Interface Builder, a tool to visually create the graphical foundation of your app. It‚Äôs a¬†scaffolding tool: you can‚Äôt make a functional app with it, but you can¬†lay down the groundwork for the GUIs of your app.