5 iOS App Development Trends to Watch in 2019

5 iOS App Development Trends to Watch in 2019

With Apple’s latest releases and their most recent operating system, the company is undoubtedly making strides in the field of services. In fact, their latest report for the results of Q2 in 2019 reveals some very interesting numbers.

Right off the bat, Apple marks a 5 percent year-over-year decline in terms of revenues but has also hit a record high services revenue of $11.5 billion. In other words, there’s a growing demand for mobile app development. Singapore has always been at the forefront of the industry and we, as an experienced mobile app development company in Singapore always try to stay ahead of the curve.

Being one of our core services, iOS app development poses a series of challenges. Hence, it’s very important to be aware of what’s currently trending in order not only to stay relevant but to provide the highest value for our clients.

With this in mind, we’d like to take a closer look at some of the trending topics in the field of iOS app development in Singapore and abroad.


Trend #1 ARKit 2 in iOS 12

Mobile app development, especially when it comes to iOS, is largely predicated on the features of current operating systems. With iOS 12 already up and running, the ARKit 2 is definitely one of the game-changing features to watch.

While primarily targeted at gaming, the ARKit 2 is definitely not limited to it and it impacts the entire iOS app development process. It can be used for a broad range of different things such as education innovations, retail advertising, shared world experiences, viewing different digital art projects, and so forth.

It’s the beginning of a larger-scale AR experience and as a reliable provider of AR development services, we couldn’t be more excited about it.

Trend #2 iOS App Security

The more mobile app development develops, the more it becomes a target for wrongdoers. iOS app security is definitely something to consider in 2019. Typically, iOS is considered to be amongst the most secure platforms and there are many reasons for it. One of them is the fact that Apple is doing regular updates in order to keep its devices secure from different cyber threats.

Moreover, Apple has full control over the way their device and iOS work together, which is a distinct advantage over Android as there are a lot more devices to consider over there.

With this said, Apple has made the ATS which stands for Apple Transport Security, compulsory for every newly published app. Every iOS app, regardless of whether it’s on an iPhone or an iPad, is only allowed to access files and to make changes to them through a virtual sandbox. Moreover, each app has its very own sandbox.

Trend #3 Apple Pay Integration

We’ve previously talked about different ways to monetize your mobile app. Now, when discussing the different trends in 2019, Apple Pay comes as a logical extension.

It goes without saying that Apple Pay is becoming a universal standard for online payments for millions of Apple users. Data from Statista shows that it’s going to generate a transactional value of about $190 billion by 2021 with the number of its projected users to surpass 60 million before 2020

It can be used for a broad range of different payments, including but not limited to physical shopping, online shopping, club memberships, ticket booking, food ordering, bank payments, and whatnot. Hence, as a reliable iPhone app development company, we can’t help but outline the importance it will have not only 2019, but in the following years as well.

Trend #4 WatchOS 5: What to Expect?

By now, you should have clearly understood that mobile app development has gone far beyond the screens of your iPhone. Wearable devices are gaining more traction by the minute. In fact, in 2018, Apple sold well over 3.5 million of its popular smartwatches in the second quarter alone.

The WatchOS 5 provides customized controls which give notifications a far more interactive medium without having to open the mobile app on its own. This increases the user experience.

Moreover, Siri shortcuts will also be introduced which will provide users with suggestions according to their current location and in real time.

Trend #5 Core ML 2: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

It goes without saying that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are already transforming not only iOS app development but mobile app development in general.

Apple has long focused on innovation, perhaps with the launch of the very first iPhone. Now, we can see the company adapting to the growing demand for AI and ML technology. The attempt is to introduce next-generation functionality.

The introduction of Core ML 2 is definitely a big step toward integrating various ML-based features when it comes to iPhone app development. The toolkit enables iOS app developers to quickly integrate ML-based features and we can also expect the Apple Neural Engine to make this process even quicker in the process.


By no means is our list conclusive. There are definitely more things to consider but we feel as if all of the above will be shaping up iOS app development throughout the year. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re here to help. On the other hand, if you need a tailored and customized iOS app development services in Singapore, we’ll be happy to discuss your project!