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Testing an App For iOS 8? Here Are Some Pro Tips!

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Demand is growing

Demand of iOS 8 applications is high as it never was. People require more and more apps and this is but one more reason to dig deeper into testing as users are already acquainted to high quality standards and will not go for less than expected.

If you are expecting of receiving a decent place in the market your application is to run safe and smooth on all mobile Apple devices. And with a huge audience of happy iPhone and iPad owners you will never run out of your target audience unless you will make poor applications of doubtful value. We don’t want that, do we? So let’s dig into several pro tips that may and will assist you greatly with both iPhone application testing and iPad app testing.

The tips!

  1. To satisfy users you will have to think and act like them. You must become one with your users (same works for becoming a Jedi knight. We’ll cover that in some other posts, ok?) to achieve ultimate quality. Remember you are not developing a Web or a desktop app. Mobile is different. And users are different as well. The same person is expecting different behavior from a game launched on a PC, in a browser or on his new iPhone 6+ screen, right? To tell you the truth most mobile applications that have succeeded are granting game-like experiences to their users. Meaning you are to pay extra attention to fuzzy, hoc and exploratory testing.  Determine and replicate the steps your users are sure to take from the start, yet try being a bit more creative here as well.
  2. Make sure you have enough time for both emulators and actual devices. Emulators are doing extremely well on early stages of testing. Yet they are never as mighty as real live devices with all their minor disadvantages that may not be reproduced, yet are of extreme value to testing when combined. What I’m trying to say is that you are free to begin with emulators, yet you may fully trust live devices only when making final decisions.
  3. Smoke test the basics like log in/out screens, app launch, etc. to know your foundation is solid.
  4. Don’t let your developers to get away with unit tests only. Involve them more!
  5. Automate as much as possible. Yet prepare your automation plan carefully. iOS 8 applications with all the stuff involved from third parties is a hardcore challenge on its own. So if you must do something more than once, try making your life a bit easier and automate it. CI (Continuous Integration) is your Excalibur in this battle.

That is pretty much all you are to focus while testing your brand new iOS apps. But you can never be too careful, right? So don’t worry implementing what you are already used to from earlier iOS app testing sessions.

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