It’s Time to Optimize Your Mobile Application to Fit the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR
Since the day Apple launched their first iPhone they have turned into a power in the industry. There is something about Apple that people can’t get enough of. Even when a new release has unimpressive features people still line up around the block to get it. That mentality doesn’t appear to change much by any stretch of the imagination. Presently, with Apple going to release 3 new versions of the iPhone X, it’s time to get your app ready. If you have an app on the market or are about to launch one you should seriously consider updating it to fit the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.
Their newest releases are the iPhone XS (pronounced as 10s), XS Max, and XR. The iPhone XS is the same as the iPhone X with respect to screen size. The improvements on the iPhone XS are minimal in comparison to the other 2. The XS Max and XR are quite different than any other iPhone with regards to screen size and many other specs.
The specs in a nutshell
The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5” screen size. The plus size iPhones are only 5.5”. The XS Max is the largest screen iPhone has ever made. The iPhone X and XS are the same sizes at 5.8”. The width of the XS Max is the same as the plus size phones. The height, however, is longer.
The iPhone XR has a screen size of 6.1” which is in-between the size of the iPhone XS and XS Max. In case you haven’t realized it already, Apple is now giving users 3 phone size options instead of the typical 2 (standard and plus).
Because of these size changes, you will need to optimize your app to fit these screens properly. You don’t want functions to be close to the home indicator or the camera. Landscape mode is incredibly important especially since the biggest change is the height of the phones. Your app could still look good in portrait mode but landscape mode is a whole other story.
The behavior of the UI split view controller in the landscape view has changed for both XS Max and XR. It’s similar to that of portrait mode on the iPad. This is very important to take into account and will need to be addressed for your app upgrade. You may likewise see that your content shows up incorrectly on the new screens especially when there is a picture with it. Those items along with many other things need to be taken into account.
To give you a better understanding, let’s take images as an example. If you have an app which shows blocks of images, you can still see 3 images across the screen in portrait mode. Instead of seeing 4 images down you may see 5 or 6 which will look perfectly fine on the new iPhones.
Be that as it may, once you turn your phone into landscape mode, the pictures may wind up being covered by the camera making it look very odd. This has the be adjusted for users to be able to view it properly.
That example may not seem like a big enough deal to completely upgrade your app but it is. There are such a large number of varieties to that example. Every feature and UI experience will be modified if you do not have your application properly optimized to fit those screens. You will wind up losing current users as well as new users dropping off quickly.
Resolution plays an important role also. Your application won’t look clear on either the XS Max or the XR in the event that it isn’t upgraded properly. Due to the major changes in resolution, your app will be zoomed in making it blurry.
If your app is heavily focused on 3D touch or dual camera features then it’s great to take note of that the XR doesn’t bolster 3D contact and double camera. You will need to make adjustments so that your app still works properly on the XR. The performance with regards to the use of ios 12 is also very important to help it function properly.
Of course with all that being said, if you haven’t refreshed your app for a long while, this is the time to do it. With all these new iPhones coming out you don’t want your app to fall flat. Apple does do a pretty good job at making older apps fit the newer devices but this round of releases have changed more than previous updates. If you have already adapted your app to fit the iPhone X then you don’t have to do much except link against ios 12.
If you are in that boat and you know it’s time to upgrade your app, contact an app development company now to get started on the process. There are a lot of details that go into upgrading your app. It can be a pretty quick and simple process or it can be more complex depending on how it was built. Either way, contact a certified developer right away as it’s definitely something you should do.
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