Before going ahead to produce apps for any mobile device, you, as a developer or as a client should first think about what you desire from it, how much you are willing to spend on it, the audience you desire to target with your app and so on. Most app developers make apps as it is their passion. However, this venture should also be profitable enough for you to recover the money, time and effort you spend on creating it.

Today we will talk about the cost of iOS app development and how much you can expect to spend to make an app for Apple's mobile devices.


Before going ahead to produce apps for any mobile device, you, as a developer or as a client should first think about what you desire from it, how much you are willing to spend on it, the audience you desire to target with your app and so on. Most app developers make apps as it is their passion. However, this venture should also be profitable enough for you to recover the money, time and effort you spend on creating it.

Today we will talk about the cost of iOS app development and how much you can expect to spend to make an app for Apple's mobile devices.

Unfortunately there are no price tags for iOS apps because of the massive number of changing factors that affect the app development costs. Nonetheless, if we divide the types of apps into a few categories, you'd be able to see the approximate price ranges for creating this or that type of app.

Basic iPhone Apps

In case you employ an iOS app developer, a basic, table-based iPhone app can cost you anywhere between $1000 and $3000 or more. Planning and presenting the app content beforehand, as also the logo and graphics, will far reduce the costs for you. You can expect to spend about $1,500 for this stage. The more features you add to your app from here on, the higher will be your sum cost.

Database Apps

Database or native apps are more advanced and so, you can expect your expenditure to range between $10,000 and $40,000 or higher. Native apps are much more complex, since the entire framework and functioning of the app is purely data driven. The developer has to first understand the logic, create a flow within the app and create it usable and functional, making use of the content, images, sound and so on, as provided by you.

iPhone Game Apps

Developing game apps for the iPhone or iPad can be a very costly proposition. Depending on the type of game app you intend to fabricate, you can expect to spend whatever between $25,000 and $250,000. A quality racing game, for example, could cost you well over $100,000.

Games require many advanced features to be able to catch the audiences attention and withhold them engaged for a good deal of time. The more features you add on, the more you will have to spend upon them. Needless to tell, a popular game app attracts far more downloads than other apps. That is bound to increase the developers ROI substantially. If you are planning to go to mobile games market - be prepared to invest a lot of cash.

A quality racing game could cost you well over $100,000

Additional Features

Adding upon various other features can also push up the general cost of your iPhone app. Here is a list of some of those features, along with their pricing:

Game Center. The iOS SDK provides you seamless integration with its Game Center. This will help reduce your cost to just $1,000 or so.

Remote Control. Saving your content upon a remote location and updating your app using XML files will cost you an additional $1,000-$5,000. However, this also prevents many unnecessary issues at a later stage.

In-App Advertising. You can expect this feature to cost you an additional $1,000-$2,500, depending upon the type of advertising you are looking to display upon your iPhone app.

Sharing Feature. This integration can add up about $1,000 to your budget. This feature will be useful to you, as it will enable you to use social media to promote your app.

iPhone App Design

Your app design is essential to the success of your app, as this will help pull users to your app. It is advisable to invest in a good app design, as this will bring you better returns as well. Below is a rough estimate of your app design costs for different iOS devices:

A basic iPhone app design usually costs you $1,000-$10,000. You can hand this base level design to your developer, who will in turn add in your content and images into the general code.

Total Cost

Once your app is prepared to be published on the App Store, you need to pay the annual $99 registration charge to Apple. You will be paid 70 percent of your app sales revenue. Additionally, app marketing may cost you at least around $2,500, depending on the category. While these are added costs, they will also help pull in more users for your app, which works out to your benefit.

There are firms which offer customers app development packages for a mere $1,000, but such apps may lack in quality, thereby reducing the number of users for the same. Hence, it is desirable to spend more and profit more ROI for your iPhone app.

If you are considering developing an app, you can always count on our experience. You can even describe your idea on our special Quote page so that we could give you a detailed estiamtion on the costs of developing the app you need.

by Dmytro Bilkun