For Aerospace, the Countdown Now Begins at 11– as in iOS 11

You’re looking to go mobile, but you’re not sure what approach to take. If you’re a bring-your-own-device shop, there’s no doubt some of your employees have iOS devices, while others have Android. Shouldn’t you develop a hybrid device, one that works on both operating systems? Or, better yet, why not just get something off the shelf? There’s an app for everything, right?

Hybrid Apps or Native Apps?

A hybrid app is, in reality, a website. To make it render on an operating system, such as Android, it’s packaged within an Android “wrapper,” and for iOS, an iOS wrapper. The hybrid app runs slower because it’s actually loading information when the user issues commands. In contrast, the native app loads all instructions at installation.

But a more important function of the native app is user experience. A native app retains the same look and feel as the other native apps on the device, especially those that come baked in. This means not only a cleaner user experience, but a faster learning curve.

The rub? Native apps take longer to develop. If you’re in a hurry, that may not be the way to go. On the other hand, if the app doesn’t provide a pleasurable user experience, it may not be worth the decrease in time to deployment.

Another factor to consider is security. As you might guess, a native app is more secure than a hybrid app. In today’s world, security cannot be underrated, especially in an industry where an intrusion can be absolutely disastrous, such as the aerospace industry. Furthermore, specific industries have very specific requirements. The best way to satisfy those user and product requirements is to develop the fastest, most secure apps and to develop them on the best operating system.

iOS 11

The latest version of the iOS operating system has many new features; these three stand out at first glance:

  • The “Do not disturb while driving” feature is great for companies with employees who drive a lot for their work. While it doesn’t necessarily make them more efficient, it does keep them from driving while distracted, and in doing so, decreases the chance of an accident. Not only for employee well-being, but also for liability purposes, this feature of iOS 11 is important.
  • The Files app allows users of iPhones and iPads to actually see the file structure on their laptops. It provides a more consistent cross-platform interface that makes the phone and tablet act more like the desktop.
  • Instead of taking pictures of documents, iOS 11 allows users to scan them with the Notes app. By scanning, not only does the user get a truer rendering, but the scanned images automatically populate on any iOS device.

Expertise Is Priceless

Aerospace engineers build great aviation systems. Having mobile apps that live up to the same rigid standards as those required by their products is important. For security and user experience alone, you should build native apps whenever possible, and iOS 11 as an ideal platform to work with.

Since smartphones don’t have to fly, it’s best to call a company that has as much expertise in native app development on iOS 11 as you do in avionics to build those apps for you. The right software development vendor can smooth your path to developing native, mobile apps for your industry, your company and your processes.

That company is Buccaneer. Don’t just build an app; build the right app. And don’t just choose a partner; choose the right partner. Reach out to Buccaneer today and get a fast start on the road to app development success. Take advantage of our FREE Hybrid Evaluation offer now to see if hybrid can work for you or native would be best for your business needs.